"Should auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind? Should auld acquiantance be forgot and auld lang syne!" This very popular new year's song called "Auld Lang Syne" stems from an old Scottish dialect meaning "old long ago". It is a song about love and friendship in times past. Locanto sings this song as the year changes in honor of all our users who have chosen to advertise on Locanto in 2012. We would like to thank you for your continued support and faith in our free classifieds services and for helping make us even stronger and better. Rest assured, we will continue to improve our site and services to give you the best experience online in 2013 and beyond.
Singing "Auld lang syne" is one of the almost-traditional things to do on new year's eve. But there are other practices, traditions and superstitions done on this day all over the world that are believed to improve our fate in the coming year.
- Wearing clothes with polka dots: It is believed that the "circle" symbolizes money. The more polka dots we have, the better. Having coins in our pockets also add up to the believed good luck that this practice brings.
- New clothes: It isn't enough to wear just polka dots. The clothes have to be new, to symbolize a new start that's full of hope. Having new clothes on will bring forth even more new clothes in the coming year. If you're wondering about the color, choose red, as it is believed to be "the happy color".
- Fireworks and noise: Yes, the air will get pretty smoky. But the fireworks are only allowed to be used at this time of the year (and in some special occasions provided they have a permit) to create eye candy in the sky for everyone and also to make noise to drive away the evil spirits and bad luck. As an alternative for children, you can buy horns instead and sparklers. You can also go to the town center and watch the fireworks exhibit. Take pictures while you're at it for remembrance. Purge the old and welcome the new.
- Round fruits on the table: Also believed to symbolizes prosperity and blessings. The Chinese believe in having 8 or 12 different kinds of round fruits on the table to ensure a continuous flow of riches and security in the coming year. Eating all the fruits right after should not be a problem. Fruits are healthy.
In Spain, eating 12 grapes is believed to secure 12 happy months in the coming year.
- Jumping at midnight: For the not-so blessed with height, jumping at midnight before reaching the age of 27 is believed to be seen by "the heavens" as a plea to get taller. The growth spurt is scientifically proven to stop at age 27 so those beyond that age have no chance. Well, blessings can also come in other forms and ways. Jumping keeps you awake for the long celebration.