Everyone can use a little extra luck, so don't jinx yourself; find out what to do this New Year's Eve.
Step 1: Kiss Kiss your lover at midnight. Among the most popular superstitions followed on New Year's, this isn't just a celebratory kiss. If you don't kiss your significant other at the stroke of midnight, you risk losing their affection for the rest of the year.
Step 2: Stock up and pay bills Stock up on everything in the house and pay off your bills. Fill the cupboards and pantry, stuff your wallet with cash, and start the year debt-free to ensure that the year is a prosperous one.
Step 3: Make some noise Make a lot of noise at midnight. Open all of the doors to let the old year out and make as much noise as possible to scare away the Devil and other evil spirits.
Step 4: Don't leave until someone has entered Don't leave your house on New Year's Day until someone else has entered. Known as the "first footing" superstition, you will have good luck if the first person to enter the house doesn't have crossed eyes, flat feet, or a unibrow. It also helps if they're a tall, good-looking, dark-haired man with gifts including coal, bread, a silver coin, salt, and an evergreen sprig.
TIP: First-footers with blond or red hair bring bad luck.
Step 5: Nothing goes out Don't take anything -- anything! -- out of the house on January 1st if you don't want to spend the year paying, giving, loaning, and losing things and people. Some people think it's okay to take something out if something is brought in first, but why risk it?
TIP: Don't break anything in the house or you risk having a year filled with wreckage.
Step 6: Eat black-eyed peas, lentils, and pork Eat black-eyed peas on the first of the year to bring good luck and prosperity. Also, eat lentil soup and pork, because lentils look like coins and, unlike chickens, which scratch backward and cows, which stand still, pigs root forward into the new year.
Step 7: Know wind direction Check the wind after midnight. If it blows from the south, expect money and happiness. Wind from the north portends a year of foul weather. From the east is famine and bad luck, and from the west brings milk and fish, but the death of someone important. No wind indicates a happy and prosperous year, so hope for a still night and have a happy New Year.
FACT: The earliest New Year celebrations occurred in Mesopotamia around 2000 BCE.