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Stocking up for New Year's Day.

Stocking up for New Year's Day.

Stocking up for New Year's Day.

Stocking up for New Year's Day.

Allyssa Maloney, Staff Reporter

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In most cases, people that make New Year’s resolutions tend to stray from their goal before the end of January. Instead of setting a goal and never achieving it, some across the world have some rather unique traditions they celebrate to ensure good luck. These are some of those traditions and their explanations.

In the South, it is a staple to eat collard greens and black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day. This is said to be because collard greens resemble folded money and the black-eyed peas represent coins. This is also a part of another tradition called the four lucky dishes. The dishes consist of ham, black-eyed peas, cornbread, and collard greens. It seems that luck is in the black-eyed pea of the beholder.

This next tradition might be why 2017 was so lonely for most, so stay tuned. A New Year’s kiss seems like people in relationships made it up to post more about their significant other. However, this custom actually dates back to ancient European times, when no one had Snapchat. According to yourtango.com, “the first person you encounter in a new year — and the nature of this encounter — sets the tone for the rest of the year.” The kiss strengthens the bond of the relationship with the other person.

If collard greens and peas are gross, and finding someone to kiss on New Years seems unrealistic, these traditions might help out. Some melt a piece lead in a spoon and pour it into a glass of water. The fate of the year depends on the shape. If this sounds a little too risky, there’s also an app that will simulate it. In Spain, eating 12 grapes at midnight, and one for each toll of the bell is the pathway to luck. Each grape signifies good luck for each month of the year. Resolutions almost never work, but traditions have been bringing luck for centuries in all cultures. Here’s to a successful 2018!