5 lucky New Year’s traditions + how to do them in Birmingham – Bham Now

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Author Beth Cunningham - December 28, 2020December 29, 2020Wishing you a happy and lucky year, Bham. Photo via @hermez777 on Unsplash

I dont know if any fresh start will ever be as anticipated as January 1, 2021. Its just the truth2020 has been rough, yall. We rounded up five lucky New Years traditions from around the world, and were telling you how to do them in Birmingham. Well take all the luck we can get!

Brazil, particularly Rio de Janeiro, is known for having one of the largest New Years celebrations in the world. While my Southern grandmother might gasp at the idea of wearing white after Labor Day, its a tradition in Brazil.

On New Years Eve and Day, people don fully white outfits to invite good luck and peace into their new year.

Even if youre just curling up at home this year, we recommend stocking up on white loungewear from one of these local shops.

I dont know about you, but Im ready to get back to some travel plans in 2021 (fingers crossed). This is a great one to try if thats on your wish list as well.

In Colombia, many locals lace up their running shoes, grab an empty suitcase and run around their block as fast as they can. Its said to guarantee a year filled with travel and adventure.

If this one stands out to you, keep the momentum going in the new year with these upcoming virtual 5Ks.

Lets be honest, we probably all have a little extra frustration we need to get out after this year. Denmarks New Years tradition is perfect for that.

Every year, Danish folk break dishware on the doorstepsof their friends and family (affectionately). The idea is to ward off bad spirits and welcome happier vibes in the chaos. Sounds good to me!

Psst: got extra dishware or fine china taking up space in your home? Check out this article for some ideas on what to do with it in Birmingham.

Scots take New Years seriously. Scottish culture is already rich in folklore, and their First Footing tradition is no exception.

The idea basically says to be selective about the first person to cross your homes threshold in the new year. The ideal invite? Many Scots seek out a tall, dark man carrying ceremonial giftsa lump of coal, salt, a piece of shortbread, whiskey, etc.

This supposedly brings luck and prosperity for the coming year. Read more about the tradition here.

Youre on your own in finding a guest, but if youre looking for local whiskey for him to bring, we recommend picking up a bottle from Dread River.

Grapes of wrath, who? The Spanish ring in the new year with grapes of luck12 of them, in fact. The goal is to eat 12 grapes in the last 12 seconds leading up to midnight, each representing a month of the upcoming year.

Its an entertaining challenge to be surejust make sure you dont let any little ones participate in this, as it can easily become a choking hazard.

Looking for more ways to fit extra produce into your meals next year? Check out 17 ways you can get farm-fresh food via curbside or delivery in Birmingham.

This is the New Years tradition youre probably most familiar with. Some sources say this tradition hails from West Africa, some say it arrived in America with Sephardic Jews.

Either way, black-eyed peas on New Years Day is a widespread tradition here in the American South. Some cook it with pork, some serve it up with greens and cornbread. However you prepare it, its said to bring luck and financial prosperity to your new year.

You can certainly prepare this at home, but if youre over the holiday cooking, many local meat & three restaurants will hook you up.


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