I was doing a bit of research on traditions and superstitions for New Year's Eve and came across this interesting article By Davina Ajani.
I must admit, some of these I've NEVER heard of-- but are good to know for future reference, or at least for conversation making.
Ever wonder why people kiss at midnight on New Years? Or why people scream when the clock strikes twelve? Yes, sometimes it’s because they have consumed a little too much champagne, but did you know it’s also a tradition which has developed over the years due to superstition. Here are some New Years traditions explained, and the history behind them:
1. The Midnight Kiss: The reason you are supposedly supposed to kiss someone at midnight, is because otherwise it is believed that the rest of the year means you will face a year of coldness and lack of affection.
2. Food: Some believe that if you eat black-eyed peas on New Years Day it will attract good luck and fortune. Some also eat ham hocks, collard greens or even cabbage to bring in “luck”. The food to stay away from? Chicken or turkey. It is believed that eating poultry will bring misfortune.
3. New Clothes: It is believed that if you do not wear new clothes on January 1st, you will not be receiving many new garments in the new year. Red clothing is preferred for New Year’s Day since red is considered a happy color, and is sure to attract a brighter future for the wearer.
4. Making Noise At Midnight: On New Year’s Eve when the clock strikes midnight people blow on horns, cheer, set off fireworks. Why? It is believed that the loud noise scares away evil spirits. So, not only are you ringing in the new year but you will be starting the new year free from evil.
5. Direction of The Wind: The direction of the wind on New Year’s morning is said to predict prophesies about the coming year. Wind from the south, expect money and happiness. Wind from the north, foresees a year of foul weather. Wind from the east brings famine and bad luck, while wind from the west brings milk and fish, but the death of someone important. No wind = joy and prosperity throughout the year.
Now you know! Hope to see you on December 31st this year at Festivus!
Thank you to Paul Wozniak for posting an article on the Best New Year's Eve Parties in Northern Colorado for 2012/2013!
Festivus made the list!
You can read Paul's article HERE
Every once in a while I try to keep my arsenal of events fresh and new. I add a new event here, add an element there... While I love getting hired by companies, couples and families... sometimes there is no better feeling than creating an event from scratch and executing it all by myself.
This year, the annual Festivus party is MUCH bigger and better. We are making it a public event for all to enjoy (with capped attendance of course). Thanks to the Beach House Grill in Fort Collins, we have the ideal space for a lively party filled with "Feats of Strength" and the "Airing of Grievances." We are grateful to have such a fun environment who is also willing to give our guests happy hour pricing ALL NIGHT!
Why New Year's Eve?
After 8 years of struggling to find SOMETHING FUN to do on New Year's Eve in Northern Colorado, I finally decided, why not just host an event myself? Denver always has big bashes to pick from, and you can find the occasional bar with special offers for the evening. But my goal was to put together a fun evening, close to home, make it affordable, and give people OPTIONS! You can play games if you choose, dance on the dance floor, belly up to the bar, go out to the roof top patio and watch what's going on in downtown Fort Collins, participate in the "Airing of Grievances," or just hang out! Guests can even dress in whatever makes them feel festive---no restrictive dress code required!
Here's to a Happy New Year 2013, and a VERY Happy Festivus!
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