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Thread #87654   Message #1638831
Posted By: GUEST,Rumncoke
01-Jan-06 - 12:39 PM
Thread Name: Folklore: Good Luck for the New Year
Subject: RE: Folklore: Good Luck for the New Year
Yes there was a large pork joint in the oven New Year's Eve - and when I phoned my sister she had pork for dinner too.

I cooked a christmas pudding too just for good measure - but did not put in the silver coin which is usual at Christmes - at home it was usually a silver threpenny bit - anyone remember them? There were the many sided brass coloured ones with a portcullis on, but also the small silver ones on the same lines as the silver sixpences.

The children used to come around 'letting the new year in' in South Yorkshire - except it was a 'Riding' then - from thriding, one third,

'Old Year Out New Year in, Please will you let the lucky bird in' they would chant - presumably bird meaning young person - like chick for a tot. Male, tall, young, dark and handsome was the best combination.

My mother's mother always remembered one year the New Year was let in by a blond boy and their year was dreadful. It was decades before, but she still remembered and partly ascribed the bad luck to the First Footer being the wrong colour.

Even though the calender year might be April First, the turning of the year from dark to light goes back before numbers, before even agriculture - Janus seems apt for the winter solstice no mater where the counting started.

Anne