2017 didn’t go your way? Lady Luck pissed on your chips? If the answer is yes, you’re probably feeling desperate. Ready to try some superstitious claptrap to get lucky in 2018. You’re in the right place.
Whatever ritual you used last New Year was a dud. This year you need to go global. Try a New Year’s Eve tradition from another part of the world.
I’ve found five good ones – take your pick. They look like humbuggery but you never know. One of these simple rituals could make 2018 a real humdinger!
1. Eat Grapes to get lucky in 2018
In Spain, 12 grapes are used to create good luck. To get lucky in 2018, eat one grape at each strike of midnight. If at the final bong, you’ve managed to consume all of them, you’ll have 12 lucky months ahead. And you’ll get one of your daily portions of fruit.
The trick is preparation. Separate and wash the grapes beforehand. Otherwise, your hamfistedness under pressure could result in yet another crappy year.
Tip 1: Choose seedless grapes or you’ll find yourself in a spitting, crunching, sticky mess at midnight.
Tip 2: Don’t share grapes with friends. Giving away one grape will result in a truly terrible month of December in 2018.
2. Jump off chairs to get lucky in 2018
The Danes have a lot of new year traditions. An easy one, jumping off a chair at midnight, is a symbolic act to demonstrate you are overcoming challenges. Jumping enthusiastically into the year ahead.
I’m not familiar with the drinking culture of Denmark. My guess is they are moderate drinkers. I wouldn’t recommend this ritual for the big boozers of the UK and Australia. Instead of starting the new year brimming with good luck you’ll find yourself with a twisted ankle, bloody nose and/or a needing new furniture. Stick with the grapes (see above) to get lucky in 2018.
Digressing for a moment, another Denmark tradition is throwing plates at your neighbours’ front door to symbolise friendship. A big pile of broken crockery outside your door? You’re blessed with lots of friends and a big bloody mess to clear up in the morning.
3. Get into Underpants to get lucky in 2018
Time to head South, if you get my drift. In South America, New Year’s Eve is all about underpants. The colour of your pant determining which aspect of your life will receive good luck.
You can influence the following aspects of your life:
- Red = Romance (really get lucky in 2018)
- White = Peace, Happiness
- Blue = Good Health
Pro Tip: Game the system. Wear multicoloured underpants for a truly fabulous 2018.
4. Burn Effigies to get lucky in 2018
One for the pagans. Ecuadorians burn scarecrow-like effigies (‘viejos’) of people that displeased them that year. Often public figures, but can also be friends and family. Effigies are stuffed with old newspapers to incinerate the past (or something like that).
Viejos are burned in public squares but also outside most homes. At midnight, the sky over of Quito glows orange as the city bids a firm farewell to the year just ended.
5. Carry a Suitcase to get lucky in 2018
If you’re looking to travel in 2018 you need to follow this ritual from Colombia. Grab an empty suitcase then walk quickly around the block, several times. Your neighbours might laugh but, your many glamorous trips overseas in 2018, will wipe the smiles off their faces. Go for it.
So there you have it. Hogwash from around the world to help you get lucky in 2018.
May all of your wishes come true in 2018.
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