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RACEWIFE Posts: 760
1/1/14 7:07 P

new years luck....
coming back 2 sparkpeople after a long abscence. Over the holiday found out that i am a size smaller than I thought...I think its been a while ... but it has given me the inspiration that I've needed for the new year!

TEEPHOTO SparkPoints: (64,366)
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1/1/14 6:58 P

We usually have cabbage for money and black eyed peas for luck on New Years day.

RIET69 SparkPoints: (47,087)
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1/1/14 10:09 A

Face each day with a positive attitude and a stance of gratitude.

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1/1/14 12:23 A

I wish we had a tradition and hope someday we will; when I was young my family would have something special; fondu (hot oil and pieces of meat and shrimp) with salad and bread. Then my dad would make grasshoppers-with mint extract and green food color for the us kids. It was the only time of the year we ever used the fondu or the blender in our house. This year we have our sweet 5 month old boy and it's the first year we are just home doing nothing.

UMBILICAL Posts: 12,786
12/31/13 10:40 P


REBCCA SparkPoints: (420,744)
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12/31/13 9:24 P

I take a dog and climb hill to labyrinth, walk the labyrinth and release all that does not serve...for fresh new beginning. emoticon

THOMAS.H Posts: 17,832
12/31/13 7:55 P

Expect it.

RUBENB2003 Posts: 14,837
12/31/13 6:26 P

Same here. Get a good night's sleep and stay safe.

DELRIO1 Posts: 6,512
12/31/13 6:13 P

get a good night's sleep!

AZULVIOLETA6 SparkPoints: (0)
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12/31/13 2:44 P

Anarie, raisins sound like concentrated luck to me!

Meowzy, I am from Oregon, USA. My mother is from Argentina. My father is an American, but he is more than half Spanish. I've lived and traveled all over Latin America, but I haven't spent much time in I know a few things about Mexican culture, but they don't always make sense!

Lana=borregito...OK, ya entiendo! Wool is slang for money in Mexican Spanish.

FITWITHIN Posts: 26,183
12/31/13 12:25 A

I don't believe in doing New Year's luck rituals.

ANARIE Posts: 13,205
12/30/13 11:59 P

And yes, AzulVioleta, Hoppin' John is black-eyed peas with rice, almost always with a little ham, salt pork, or bacon. It's a US Southern, especially African-American, tradition to eat pork for luck as well as the peas. It's usually served with turnip or beet greens. Some say the beans represent coins and the greens represent paper money.

ANARIE Posts: 13,205
12/30/13 11:54 P

My family's only traditions are eating herring (anytime from Christmas to New Year's Day) and ringing bells at midnight. But over the years we've added Hoppin' John or another bean dish (the Southern families we learned this from say that to get the good luck it just has to be in January, not necessarily New Year's Day), one grape with every strike of the clock at midnight, and decorating with tacky gold decorations.

I'm not going to do any of those things this year, though! I work Wednesday, so I probably won't even stay up until midnight, I HATE herring, and I would have to drive 100 miles round-trip to get grapes.

Although.... I do have raisins. D'you s'pose that would work? Or would I get wrinkly, dried-up luck?

JANIEWWJD SparkPoints: (600,231)
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12/30/13 11:14 P

In our family it's black eyed peas and prayer.

JUSTDOIT232 SparkPoints: (202)
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12/30/13 10:27 P

the black eyed peas, greens, put a coin outside News Year's eve for the dew of the new yr to fall on for wealth thru the new yr

SHERYLDS Posts: 17,523
12/30/13 10:22 P

drink a glass of champagne with strawberries to toast the New Year
and watch the Times Square ball drop.

don't think it's for luck but it feels good

LADYCJM SparkPoints: (57,456)
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12/30/13 10:19 P

I have Chinese friends who break their old dishes and buy new ones for the Chinese New Year. They also give small gifts to everyone who comes to their home.

Our family tradition is to embrace your loved ones at midnight and wish them well. Grandma used to try and make us eat black eyed peas but I never would! Nasty things lol!

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12/30/13 10:18 P

Herring pork

--MEOW-- Posts: 4,709
12/30/13 9:09 P

Yes I'm in Mexico :) lol and yes, well, we call it "Borreguito de suerte" or "Borreguito de la abundancia" :) we say everything in... diminutive form :P I'm not sure where the tradition comes from... "money" in spanish is "dinero" but another word for it is "lana" which also means wool... so I'm thinking... maybe it has something to do with that :S
:P Why do you know so much? hehe :P where are you from?

My whole family is from Guadalajara :) maybe there's a connection, I don't know... it's weird that different countries have similar traditions. Some of my family also write down their.... bad memories from the year and they burn them :P

I just bought red and yellow (here it's yellow for money) underwear lol now I just have to decide which one I need more emoticon emoticon

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12/30/13 6:17 P

Hopping John is black-eyed peas and rice?

JIACOLO SparkPoints: (566,230)
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12/30/13 6:17 P

We eat Hoppin' John and collard greens

RENATA144 SparkPoints: (207,563)
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12/30/13 6:14 P

I eat hopping Johns

AZULVIOLETA6 SparkPoints: (0)
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12/30/13 6:04 P

Oh neat, I have never heard the one about the sheep. Do you know where the tradition comes from? You are in Mexico, yes? What do you call that--borrego de suerte? ;)

I think that there are lots of cultures where people burn things to get a clean slate at the new year. I lived in Ecuador for many years, and there they build life-sized effigies of the old year (kind of like a giant doll or a scarecrow) and burn them at midnight. Sometimes the anos viejos have the face of a bad politician or an annoying national figure. A friend from Guadalajara, Mexico was telling me that they burn old clothes at the new year...which I thought was especially interesting since getting new clothes is big part of Arab new year's traditions...I wonder if there is a historical connection?

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12/30/13 5:37 P

Sit the living room, and watch the ball drop.

--MEOW-- Posts: 4,709
12/30/13 4:51 P

Ohhhh I always thought the grapes were supposed to be 12 resolutions, not wishes lol... oh well...
We do the underwear thing here too, and we also have the tradition of giving uhmm like little sheep... toys? Plushies? to friends, theyr'e supposed to be for good luck with money. Sheep shapped cookies seem to work too :)
Also you're supposed to sweep your whole house righ before midnight to get and keep the bad vibes out of your home. I have never tried that one, though.
I only do the grapes and sheep ones :)...

AZULVIOLETA6 SparkPoints: (0)
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12/30/13 1:49 P

I will eat 12 grapes at midnight and make a wish on each one. This tradition comes from family members who are from Spain, but I have seen people do this all over Latin America.

Another cultural tradition for me is lucky underwear--gold for good luck with money, red for good luck with love. This is a South American thing.

What do you do/eat/wear for luck?

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