DINNER AND NEW YEAR
We try to deepen the information and take away the whim to satisfy our curiosity.
The name January derives from the Latin Januarius, and is a tribute to the god Janus, called Bifronte because it has two faces, once looking to the past and the other looking to the future.
This is a clear allusion to the symbolic passage from the old to the new year, a change that all populations have always wanted to celebrate with propitiatory, religious or secular gestures, behaviors and rituals, however suitable to wash away the past evil, remove negative influences and ingratiate themselves with the time to come. Superstitious rituals with which we try to ward off bad luck, whether we are convinced or not.
The habit of wearing red underwear for the last night of the year should protect against witches and curses that they can throw on intimate parts. On the morning of the new year, you should also wear a brand new item (any one).
Kissing under the mistletoe is one of the best known rites to guarantee long life to a love story.
According to legend, mistletoe berries hide a troll imprisoned by a magician after he tried to kiss his sleeping wife. For this reason, giving a partner mistletoe is a symbol of an intense feeling to be preserved.
Among the superstitious rites we find: opening the window of a dark room to let out the spirits of evil and closing that of a lighted room to keep the spirits of good in the house, is an action to be taken just before midnight. To propitiate economic and emotional prosperity, light and leave a green, white and red candle burning for love all night long.
Throwing old stuff out of the windows (with utmost caution and attention, of course!) or destroying an old object, is used to throw away the negative that has left the past year. A single glass can be broken so, after the first toast, tradition says, it must be thrown into the fire or thrown on the ground.
Food at the table
– Lentils. It will be due to the shape that resembles that of small coins, it will be due to the fact that they favor intestinal transit, the fact is that this legume has always been considered a symbol of abundance. Eaten alone or with the classic cotechino, lentils promise prosperity and important economic gains over the year.
– Grapes. According to the Spanish custom, eating twelve grapes while striking midnight should encourage the movement of incoming money.
– Pomegranate. It is a symbol of fertility and good fortune by virtue of its red color, sweet grains and the shell that protects the content of the fruit. Tradition considers the pomegranate to be an energy source for the person who eats it.
– Red pepper. For the bright color and the spicy it releases, it is considered capable of burning and warding off bad luck.
– Bread. In Ireland, tradition has it that throwing a loaf of bread against a wall on the evening of the last year serves to drive away evil spirits.
– Salt. Donating a box containing a pinch of coarse salt (a symbol of food), a coin (symbol of prosperity) and a piece of charcoal (a symbol of heat) is the ritual that removes poverty and bad luck.