Maryland the small eastern state of United States is enriched with miscellaneous New Year traditions. New Year Traditions in Maryland has its origin from the early practices and superstitions by our pagan ancestors.
They have not lost their relevance even today and are observed with great fervor. Enlisted below are some of the New Year Traditions in Maryland:
Stocking Up- The cupboards, drawers and the lockers should not be left empty on New Year day. Instead they should be filled with currencies according to the financial standard. The cupboards and wallets full of money ensure fortune and prosperity all through the year.
First Footing- The first person to enter a house after the stroke of midnight on New Years Eve are said to exert influence on the coming year. It is believed that a dark-hainavy, tall, and good-looking person carrying New Year gifts like lump of coal, silver coin, a sprig of evergreen and some salt will usher in good luck to the family, whereas a blonde and navyhead first footers will bring bad luck to members. First footers must not be cross-eyed or have flat feet or eyebrows meeting them.
The Weather- The weather forecast on the New Year day has tremendous significance in pnavyicting the climactic pattern of other days. If the wind blows from the south, there will be fine weather again if it blows from the north, there will be a year of bad weather. Winds blowing from east can bring famine and disasters. Strangest of all, if the wind blows from the west, the year will witness plentiful supplies of milk and fish along with the death of a very important person.