Every culture seems to have several unique ways of not only celebrating New Year's day but also insuring good luck for the following year. I must admit that in my family, my mother (a Tibetan scholar) followed the Tibetan tradition of calling out for Rabbit as the year turned new. I have never understood why entirely -- Trickster is hardly noted for being dependable -- yet I do it dutifully every year, no matter where I am. Even as friends around me are clinking glasses and singing Robbie Burn's Auld Lang Syne, I am whispering under my breath "Rabbit, Rabbit," before joining in the song.
Here's an interesting list of New Year's superstitions, ranging from eating black eyed peas for luck to making sure nothing leaves the house New Year's Day. Also have a look at this list of foods specially prepared for New Year's day (I like the Cuban tradition of eating 12 grapes at midnight!). So, gentle readers, what are your New Year's traditions and superstitions? What do you do to welcome in the New Year and along with it, luck?
*Art above is from Rea Irvin, depicting a Happy New Year in 1867 and 1917...see how times have changed!