If you have ever wondered why people kiss at midnight on New Years Eve, according to English and German folklore, the first person you encounter in a new year — and the nature of this encounter — sets the tone for the rest of the year. A kiss is about strengthening ties you wish to maintain in the future.
Are you supposed to kiss on new years?
According to tradition, you should show hospitality to friends and strangers alike in the new year. Thats why its customary to kiss every single person in the room with you.
Is a new years kiss good luck?
This was a common party theme — think modern-day 90s night — and was held on many holidays, including New Years. “Masks symbolized evil spirits, and a kiss following the masks removal symbolized purification,” Food & Wine reported. Of course, today, the tradition is commonly known to bring good luck.
How did kissing on new years start?
According to KissingMatters.com, “Historians date the practice back to the Ancient Romans who would throw a big party every New Years Eve called the Festival of Saturnalia where they would kiss and generally debauch one another as much as possible.”
Is it bad luck to wash dishes on New Years Day?
Do not wash clothes or dishes on New Years Day as youll be washing for the dead in the new year.