Wealth, health and happiness: 14 superstitions and traditions to follow for a successful 2014

There are dozens of New Year’s superstitions. Despite coming from cultures all over the globe, most grew from the idea that whatever you do on the first day will dictate how your year goes.

Whether you scoff at the folklore or are looking for your lucky checklist, enjoy our list of 14 superstitions to prepare you for 2014.

14.) Enjoy some delicious… herring . German folklore suggests having a bite at midnight and the Polish traditionally make it the first meal of the new year.

13.) Pay off your debts . Except on New Year’s Day. It’s complicated. Don’t owe anything when the New Year starts but if you’re paying people back on that first day , expect to shell out dough all year.

12.) Have some lentil soup . If you eat everything on this list, you’re going to be pretty full. That’s fine because lentils look like coins and you’d like your pockets full of them.

11.) Be careful who you let in your house. "First-footing" means the first guest to enter your home can either spell good fortune …or bad.

10.) Sport new threads . Kinda like faking it ‘til you make it. If you wear new clothes on the first day, you’re bound to upgrade your wardrobe all year.

9.) Don’t break anything.  (Especially mirrors?) Remember: You’re doomed to repeat these things all year.

8.) Stay away from chicken. Eat pork instead . Pigs root forward with their snouts while our feathery friends scratch backwards.

7.) Be successful at work …but don’t work too hard. Tradition says you should start the year with a bang at work, as long as you keep it reasonable.

6.) Fix a mess of greens and black-eyed peas . It’s not just good luck for your wallet in 2014 but it’s dang tasty too. The tradition started in the South but it's practiced around the country.

5.) Leave the laundry alone . And don’t clean house. The superstitious say it’ll foretell a loved one’s death.

4.) Sleep late . If you wake up early on New Year’s Day, Polish tradition says you’ll do that all year long.

3.) Order donuts. Some cultures think eating anything circular leads to good luck.

2.) When the clock strikes 12 a.m., make as much racket as you can . Evil spirits, as the folklore goes, can’t stand loud noises.

1.) Kiss your significant other  (or someone) at midnight. …But please do it *before* you eat the herring. 

BONUS: What are alternatives to the midnight kiss?

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