New Year’s Superstition: First Footing
People like passing on tips and tidbits designed to help keep them and their communities safe and healthy. This is especially true during specific times of years considered to be auspicious.
New Year’s Day, one such occasion, is fraught with superstitions of all shapes and sizes.
Here is one that was particularly interesting:
If you want to know what kind of year you are going to have, then you’d better pay attention to the first who to enter your home after the stroke of midnight. He will influence your coming year. It is hoped that this person is perfect in every way: a head full of hair, good looking, and bearing certain small gifts such as a lump of coal, a silver coin, a bit of bread, a sprig of evergreen, and some salt.
Some believe that blonde and redhead first footers bring bad luck, and female first footers should be shooed away before disaster brings down your house.
It is best if the first footer (sometimes called the "Lucky Bird") knocks at the door to be let in even if he has his own key. He will greet those inside and offer whatever tokens of luck he has brought with him. He ought to visit every room in the house and exit by a door other than the one he came through.
Important: everyone should stay home until after the he arrives. It is best to have the first door crossing be an inbound one.
Hope your first footed guest brings you prosperity this year!