New Years Traditions

This post may contain affiliate links. Read our full disclosure policy. 

In the Southern United States, eating Black Eyed Peas on New Years Day will bring you luck for the new year.

At the stroke of midnight, many sing Auld Lang Syne, blow horns, make noise, throw confetti and kiss!

Some folks like to plan new years eve travel and start of with new year vacations (anytime is a great time for a vacation I think!). Popular destinations include a New Years Eve in New York City or any city that has a big celebration or well known New Years Eve events.

People around the world celebrate many new year traditions have to do with bringing luck and sending the old luck and old year on it's way

New Years Traditions and Symbols

One of the New Year Symbols can be traced back to the history of New Year Resolutions. Back in 153 B.C. there was a mythical king of early Rome named Janus, who had two faces. He could use these two faces to look back at the past and also look forward to the future. He became the ancient symbol for resolutions, and the first month of the year, January, is named after him!

Father Time, an elderly man, and the New Year Baby, are other popular New Year Symbols. People in ancient Greece and Egypt used a baby as a symbol rebirth, and it remains a symbol of the new year and one of the new years traditions to this day.

More about the history of New Years Eve and New Year Day and new year resolutions.

New Years Toast Ideas, New Year Quotes and New Year Poems

Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man.
-Benjamin Franklin

Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.
-Oprah Winfrey

Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.
-Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Glory to God in highest heaven,
Who unto man His Son hath given;
While angels sing with tender mirth,
A glad new year to all the earth.
-Martin Luther

New Year Songs

The most popular New Year Song would of course be Auld Lang Syne. Singing it is a popular new years tradition for many.

Auld Lang Syne is a written by Robert Burns in the late 1700’s and set to the tune of a traditional Scottish folk song. Auld Lang Syne literally means "old long ago" or can be translated as "the good old days."

Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and old times since
For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we'll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

Other popular songs of today are Kool and the Gang'sCelebration and Prince's 1999

Happy New Year! Happy New Year Greetings to you! Now…to plan a new years eve party!

This site is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to

Let's Connect!

Share this page:

Read about New Years Party Ideas from our Site Visitors

Click to get the seasonal free printables from!