Hello, Mish here with our first Open Link Night of 2022, your opportunity to share ONE poem of your choice, any theme or style.
I hope every one of you found a safe and wonderful way to celebrate the New Year. Here’s to good health, continued strength to navigate through unpredictable times, much love to surround you and more passion for poetry!
Did you know that in Spain it is a New Year’s tradition to eat 12 grapes to bring good luck for each month of the year? One green grape is eaten each time the clock strikes at midnight. Interesting!
In Turkey, some wear red, smash a pomegranate in front of their home while leaving the tap running. As strange as it may seem, doing all three at once is believed to bring prosperity and good luck.
Let’s move on to Italy where larger items are thrown…. furniture to be exact. I’m sure many today simply put them to the curb but tradition began with heaving an old couch straight over the balcony! “Out with the old, in with the new”, as they say.
In the Philippines, they have many New Year’s customs including fireworks, hiding coins around the house, eating round fruits and wearing polka-dots. Round symbolizes prosperity and fortune.
Finland has a fortune telling tradition that involves melting a miniature tin horseshoe, then dropping it into a bucket of cold water. Next, the shadow of this random metal shape is examined to interpret what the future holds.
One potato, two potato, three…that’s how many you’ll need on New Year’s Eve in Columbia. One peeled, one unpeeled and one half-peeled. Place all three under your pillow and pull one out in the morning. Unpeeled symbolizes abundance, peeled means financial trouble and …well yes, there’s always in between.
When my son trekked through Asia a few years ago, he was fortunate to experience the celebration of “Songkran”. This marks the Thai New Year in April with a friendly water war of squirt guns, buckets and water balloons. The name Songkran is derived from “Sanskrit” meaning ‘passing’ or ‘moving forward’.
Canadians generally ring in the New Year with family dinners, small parties or a bubbly toast to a health and happiness at the stroke of midnight. However the last two years have been more subdued and less interactive. Thank goodness for Zoom, Face Time and Google Meet. If you are more adventurous, you can always take part in a “polar bear plunge”, braving frigid waters for charity. No?
We spent a very quiet New Year’s Eve for two with the most delicious take out Indian cuisine and a bottle of Merlot Cabernet Franz. The Christmas tree was lit for the final night of 2021. Cabbage rolls were on the menu for the next day.
I love the diversity of tradition….oh and poetry. Now go write a poem!
To join in – Click on Mr. Linky. Add the direct URL to your poem. Include a link to dVerse on your blog. Visit and comment on the work of your fellow poets.
Then pull up a chair in the pub and tell me about your New Year’s traditions.
I’ll leave you with this…..just because I couldn’t resist…..