6 For the New Year

To those who are my Facebook friends, well you already know there will be no resolutions made this year. Even if the Babylonians invented them… Personally, I’ve done away with the past and look forward to the future and that’s plenty of resolve for me.

But lets try out a couple of New Year’s traditions from around the world on for size and good luck. A little bit of luck can’t ever hurt, can it?!

From Scotland: It is considered especially lucky if a tall, dark, and handsome man is the first to enter your house after the new year is rung in. I say, come on in Mr. Tall Dark and Handsome! My door is always open for you… And even just Dark & Handsome can apply. I’m not picky.

From Japan: At midnight on Dec. 31, Buddhist temples strike their gongs 108 times, in a effort to expel 108 types of human weakness. New Year’s day itself is a day of joy and no work is to be done. I will perhaps change this around, and ring a small bell, since my neighbors might not enjoy the full gong experience. But I’m all for no work to be done!

From Spain: The Spanish ritual on New Year’s eve is to eat twelve grapes at midnight. The tradition is meant to secure twelve happy months in the coming year. Hum… does a glass of red wine count as twelve grapes. I think so, that’s what I’ll do.

From the Netherlands: The Dutch burn bonfires of Christmas trees in the street. I knew I was keeping mine around for something, am definitely lighting mine here on the streets of NYC and timing how long till the cute firemen get here. Maybe I should light it in the backyard, which would actually kill (pardon the unfortunate pun) two birds with one stone — Bonfire and Handsome Man — CHECK!

From Greece: St. Basil’s cakes are baked with a gold or silver coin right inside. Whoever gets the coin in their slice will be especially lucky in the coming year. What if I stuff a few coins inside mini cupcakes and hand each of my guests one personally lucky cake? More luck, more fun and THAT’s the spirit of 2012!

From Italy: Eating lentils on New Year’s Day is meant to bring money all year, which is why my brunch menu includes lentil soup, lentil pancakes and a lentil sandwich… But seriously, even in the Southern US peas are eaten to bring good stuff all year long, so eating a few legumes can’t hurt, right?!

May 2012 bring you everything you wish for and more and may you never forget to stop by The Ajnabee for a bit of fun, films and food.

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