Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year!

Lily by the tree

We hope you all had a lovely holiday.  For many of us we will be glad to see 2013 end - a bunch of kitties, woofies and peeps have been ill and too many have gone to the Rainbow Bridge.  We had planned a year in review but it would be too sad so instead we will celebrate the coming of a brand New Year with ways to bring good luck.

There are many strange and funny ways to bring good fortune to a New Year -  see how many you can do!

Callie eats round kibbles in a round dish!

1. Cakes, pastries, cookies, and round fruits like clementines are often enjoyed on New Year’s Day as their shape signifies the old year has come to a close, and the coming days hold the promise of a fresh start.

2. In Spain, when the clock strikes midnight, the people eat 12 grapes. One grape for every stroke of the clock to represent each month in the year. Each grape is said to bring good luck in the new year.(For humans only - Pets cannot eat grapes or raisins as they are toxic.)

3. Striking the walls with bread to ward off evil spirits (Ireland)   Sounds like fun! 

The whitesters snuggling in to see the New Year come.

4. In many countries, it is thought that a person can affect the luck they will have throughout the coming year by what they do on the first day of the new year. For that reason, it has become common for folks to celebrate the first few minutes of a brand new year in the company of family and friends. Kiss your significant other  to seal your relationship!

Ivy has healthy kale on her plate

5. Eating foods that are rich emerald green like kale, spinach and collards bring wealth

Darby is embarrassed to have her picture taken in her red undies!

6. Wearing red underwear, a symbol of good luck (Spain, Italy and Mexico)

7. Tradition says buttered bread placed outside the door symbolizes an absence of hunger in the household, and presumably for the year to come. (Ireland)

8.  As pigs root forward while they forage for food (as opposed to cows, who stand still, or chickens, who scratch backwards), pork in all forms (think ham!!!) is eaten hoping to embrace the challenges and adventures that await them in the coming year.

9. In Switzerland, they believe that good luck comes from letting a drop of cream land on the floor on New Year's Day. Sounds good to us...yum cream.

10. In Belgium, farmers wish their animals a Happy New Year for blessings.
 (from parade.com and english-zone.com) 

Wishing all of our dear friends and fellow bloggers a peaceful New Year filled with love, laughter, joy and everything that does a heart good! 



Angel Prancer Pie said...

Fun New Year's facts!
Now, we're off to Switzerland to lick up all those drops of cream of their floors. MOL!

Happy New Year!


Those were great facts we did not know! We are glad to leave 2013 behind and hope that 2014 is better for all of us. Sending lots of kitty kisses and pawhugs and a very Happy Mew Year to all of you!!

Kjelle Bus aka Charlie Rascal said...

Thanks for the fun New Year facts.
Me too is on my way to Switzerland :)
Wish you a Happy Happy New Year !


Cats Herd You said...

What an interesting list of traditions. We had never heard of leaving buttered bread outside. As big fans of butter, we do not approve of it being used this way and think it should be placed inside the door for the kitties to eat.

Happy New Year!

Hannah and Lucy said...

We wish you all a Happy New Year.
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

Fuzzy Tales said...

Those were fun--too bad the human didn't buy any grapes when she was out today. LOL.

We could throw bread at the wall, but we'd all prefer to eat ham. And we do have deli ham in the fridge, if that counts.

Happy new year to you all--may it be ever so much kinder to you than 2013 was. Purrs and peace.

Cat said...

Happy New Year friends!!!

Brian's Home Blog said...

2013 was not one of our favorites. We wish you a wonderful and Happy New Year dear friends!

A Tonl said...

Well we think Belgium has it right! MOL!! Happy New Year, friends!

Summer at sparklecat.com said...

Happy 2014 - I hope it's a great one!

Memories of Eric and Flynn said...

Happy New Year! I hope 2014 is much happier than this year of heartache.

Lui said...

Haha, I wore red bikini to bed this year, had 12 different fruits and kissed Sweepy to sleep!

Unknown said...

These are all new to us! Wishing you all a Wonderful New Year!!
Miss Kitty & Sisters

The Swiss Cats said...

Switzerland rocks ! Happy New Year to you all ! We wish you all the best in 2014 ! Purrs

Quill and Greyson said...

What fun! Happy New Year to all of you from all of us!!

dArtagnan Rumblepurr/Diego Hamlet Moonfur said...

Happy new year to you all!

dArtagnan Rumblepurr/Diego Hamlet Moonfur said...

Happy new year to you all!

Cara n Crew said...

very interesting! maybe we can score some ham :D
Happy New Year!

Pip, Smidgen, Minnie, Hollie

da tabbies o trout towne said...

happee 2014 guyz….heerz ta happee nezz, health, loves N hope two nite ya get sum high qualitee grazz N nip N hope ya findz a donut shoppe open round 3:18 AM when ya haz de muncheez !!

The Island Cats said...

Happy New Year to all of you! ox

Marg said...

A very Happy New Year to all of you too. Hope it is a good one for you.

Jacqueline said...

What an interesting post!...We hope you all and your wonderful parents enjoy great health, wonderful joys and unconditional love throughout 2014 and beyond, sweeties!...Happy New Year, dear friends...xoxo...J, Calle, Halle, Sukki, Mommy Cat, Daddy Cat

animal lover, quilt lover said...

Happy New Year to all of you too!!!!
We are eating a lot of green things today!!!! Oh yes black eyed peas too!!! A good year is coming!!

Ramblingon said...

LOVED reading the post! Thank you for these fun and interesting facts. xoxox

The Florida Furkids said...

Happy New Year! We were very happy to see 2013 end. We're purring for a much better 2014.

The Florida Furkids

My Mind's Eye said...

Happy New Year to you all in the beautiful NC mountains and may this year be a healthier year for all 2 and 4 leggers!! This year we have discovered good health makes one wealthy
Hugs Madi your bfff

meowmeowmans said...

We wished our animals happy new year today. :)

Happy New Year, dear friends! We hope your 2014 is filled with much health, joy, laughter and love. :)

Cat and DOG Chat With Caren said...

We pray that 2014 will be MUCH kinder to all of the furries out there! xoxo

Unknown said...

Wowwie! Me LOVED seeing yous guys celebrating the New Year and we loved all those facts (Mommy is off to change into something red)
Happy New Year
May 2014 be the bestest year ever!!!

Annie Bear said...

It was fun reading those traditions and funner to see the pics of the kitties (love the whitesters). Happy New Year!

Catherine said...

Those are some fun traditions!
Let us wish for good health for all our friends and family, two legged and four legged, for 2014.
Happy New Year kitties!
xo Catherine

Cathy Keisha said...

Happy New Year. I wish I’d read these the other day. Now the peeps will have another crappy year with no cream on the floor.

Ellen Whyte said...

We're glad 2013 is over too. Happy New Year!

Timmy Tomcat said...

Yes too many friends had loss in 2013 so we are looking forward to 2014.
Purrs to you and yours from all of us
Timmy and Family



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