New Year Traditions for Luck

New Year Traditions for Luck

Noa Turro, Staff Writer

Everyone could use some more luck in 2022! Lots of people do believe that what you do on New Year’s Eve, or New Year’s Day impact what the upcoming year will be like. As everyone starts to prepare for the New Year, we will look at some New Year’s Traditions that are done around the world, that are used for luck in the New Year.


Eat 12 Grapes at Midnight

Calling all fruit fans! In Spain, eating 12 grapes at midnight is a tradition. In Spain, it is called “The Twelve Lucky Grapes.” All you are supposed to do is eat 12 grapes right when the clock strikes midnight. One grape is supposed to represent one month. According to tradition, the 12 grapes that you eat leads to a year of good luck. And you may think to yourself, “It’s probably not hard, 12 grapes throughout the day!” That’s where you have it wrong. You have to try to eat the grapes continuously, in 12 seconds! 1 grape per second is pretty hard. Even though it seems very hectic, it is a very fun tradition to bring on the new year.


Annual New Year’s Ball Drop

As most of you may know, in Times Square, NYC there is a ball drop every year. The ball goes down a flagpole starting at 11:59:00 PM, and ending at 12:00:00 AM. A fun fact about this tradition is that if you are in person to watch the ball drop, 3000 pounds of confetti is dropped at midnight! That is a lot of confetti! There are also performers at the ball drop, and around 1,000,000 spectators come for the special event! Some may go into the city on NYE just to see the ball drop, while many others may watch from home since it is streamed. This year, people are able to go to the ball drop again, as long as they are fully vaccinated. 


Opening the Doors at Midnight

This may be a cold option, but it does have good meaning! When the New Year first starts, people may open up the back door. The meaning of this is to let the old year out, and to let a new one in. The door is quickly opened, letting all bad luck from the past year out, and quickly shut and locked to keep good luck for the New Year. Some people also open up the front door to let the New Year in, and all of it’s good luck. There isn’t one specific place that people use this tradition, it is used globally.


There are many more traditions that are used all around the world. However these 3 should be really fun for you to try, whether it’s Eating Grapes, Watching the Ball Drop either in person or virtually, or Opening your Doors at the first seconds of the New Year! Happy 2022 Everyone!