New Year’s Eve Symbols & Traditions Explained

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    2014 New Year

    New Year’s Eve  is tied up with many things we believe and practice.

    Here are just a few of those symbols:

    Baby New Year
    The Baby New Year is yet another popular New Year Symbol and is used to personify the start of New Year. Baby New Year is represented as a chubby baby wearing nothing more than a diaper and a sash across his torso that shows the year he is representing.This Baby New Year grows up into the old bearded Father Time at the end of the year. At this point, he hands over his duties to the next Baby New Year.

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    Christmas Symbols
    Many of the traditional Christmas Symbols are also used as New Year symbols. This is because New Year falls just a week after Christmas and the festivities of Christmas continue till New Year’s day. Some of the popular Christmas symbols also used in New Year include Christmas Tree, Evergreen, and Holly and the Yule Log. Tradition of burning decorated Yule Log in fireplace is particularly relevant as it symbolizes the light coming back to conquer darkness.

    Lucky Foods

    • Fruits: Grapes, oranges, pomegranates and figs.  With a few variations from one culture to another, the ritual is the same: eat 12 grapes at the stroke of midnight-a bit challenging, I must say. Each grape represents one month of the year and symbolizes abundance. So you might want to eat them (or gulp them) with intention. Pomegranates represent prosperity, while figs represent fertility.Whatever fruit you choose, choose round, luscious fruits as they represent money, and plenty of joy.
    • Greens: Greens, cooked or raw, are not only teamed up with vitamins, fiber and antioxidants but with money and wealth.
    • Beans, lentils and black-eyed peas: They represent financial prosperity, think of heavy gold coins. Moreover, they are loaded with protein and fiber.

    Auld Lang Syne

    The most commonly sung song for English-speakers on New Year’s eve, “Auld Lang Syne” is an old Scottish song that was first published by the poet Robert Burns in the 1796 edition of the book, Scots Musical Museum.

    For many of us, New Year’s Eve would not be the same without  watching Dick Clark’s Rockin New Year’s Eve from Time Square. This year Dick Clark will be watching from heaven and Ryan Seacrest will watch the ball drop in New York.

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