Sunday, January 1, 2012

History of New Year's Good Luck Traditions

Dutch Donuts : An Oliebol is typical Dutch and is only baked during te days between Christmas and New Year
Photo of Dutch oliebol, which is only baked during the days between Christmas and New Year.
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An old New Year's belief is that how you spend the first day of the new year will influence the rest of the year.  So, people will do things that they believe will give them good luck such as eating certain foods, and will spend the day with people whom they wish to be with during the coming year.

For some cultures, using something in the form of a ring on New Year's Day symbolizes completing the year uninterrupted by misfortune.  This is why the Dutch believe that eating doughnuts on New Year's Day will bring good luck all year.  For more information click here.

What New Year's traditions do you and your family observe?

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