A Fresh Start

The rain feels lovely this time of year. For one, it sort of, kind of, feels like winter. And, it's perfect for washing out the old 2016 dirt and grime, leaving everything smelling fresh.


Which got us thinking...with so many different cultural art forms taking place at the Ford, we wondered how people around the globe celebrate the New Year. Thanks to the interweb, we pulled a few of our favorites, see below.

  • Many here in the States eat black eyed peas and greens for good luck on New Year's. This is a tradition that dates back 1,500 years to the Talmud and is thought to have been brought to America by Sephardic Jews in the 1730s.
  • Originating in Madrid, the "12 grapes of luck" has been adopted by many. To bring good luck in the coming year, one green grape is eaten for each stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve. Luck seekers must gobble their grapes quickly, though, for it's bad luck not to finish in time. 
  • Signifying prosperity to Filipinos, round objects and patterns play a big role. Many eat and display oranges and grapefruits while wearing polka dots with a coin in their pocket.
  • For Buddhists, it's important to start the New Year with a clean slate, which can translate to the metaphoric (resolving conflicts) and the literal (cleaning house).
  • In Chile, putting money in your shoe and eating a spoonful of lentils will bring you prosperity for the next 12 months.
  • One Brazilian New Year's tradition we really liked: jumping over seven ocean waves, one for each day of the week. A trip to the beach anyone?

However you celebrated, we hope it was with the people you cherish most. Here's to a 2017 full of promise, hope and fresh beginnings.


- Your friends at the Ford


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