Lucky 2021: It is a time for hope and a time for a change. Yes, we are tired of masks and social distancing. We’re tired of being told to stay at home and avoid other friends or family members. Additionally, we are tired of the top story in the news being the number of people with “COVID-19” and the “number of deaths.”
This is the year when everything turns around? At least we at Sniff’N’Stop hope so. Without regret, most of us will gladly leave 2020 behind, the year of COVID-19, with its masks and restrictions.
So, to 2020, we simply say, “Good Riddance” and Thank God for the hope of “Lucky 2021.”
Celebrating Lucky 2021
Yes, many Americans and others around the world are ready to celebrate with decorations, fireworks, and parties. We’re ready to sing “Auld Lang Syne,” declare our New Year’s Resolutions and all of the wonderful things that go along with the New Year. Of course, most recognize the fact that we can’t drop the big ball in New York this year in the usual way. Most New Yorkers will only be able to view it virtually. However, we know we still have to exercise some caution concerning safety with the reigning world pandemic. And yet…
Additionally, it is totally safe for us here at Sniff’N’Stop to take this opportunity to wish all our staff, clients, friends, and associates a very Happy and Lucky 2021.
Lucky 2021: New Vaccine and New Hope
On the other hand, we do feel lucky with the new COVID-19 vaccine! In the US, doctors and pharmacists are distributing the life-saving vaccine even as we publish this blog. We are indeed blessed.
Do you know that most vaccines take from 5 – 10 years to be developed and approved through the various health and testing programs? Yet, we have miraculously accomplished this “Warp Speed” program in less than one year. Is this Lucky or Dedication?
Celebrate the Lucky 2021 New Year with Sniff’N’Stop
Here at Sniff’N’Stop, we celebrate the New Year with plans and resolutions to protect you from bug invasions, tick control, spider infestations, and the like.
Likewise in this blog, we take this opportunity to deviate from our usual blogs. In this one, we will explore certain aspects of what we call “being lucky.”
New Years History and Celebrations
Did you know that celebrating the New Year has an almost 4000-year history? In fact, the celebration of the New Year is the oldest of all holidays.
“It was first observed in ancient Babylon about 4000 years ago.” Additionally, “The Babylonian New Year celebration lasted for eleven days.” Wow, that’s celebrating. There must have been some real “hang-overs.”
One thing that almost all celebrations have in common is hope for the future. And to guarantee that future, certain lucky traditions have developed.
“Being Lucky” in 2021 and Can We Improve Our Luck?
We all are aware that “Being Lucky” basically means that good things or bad occur to us. Of course, debates have always raged. Is good luck simply superstition or is it preparation and hard work?
Naturally, we can’t be certain. However, it certainly couldn’t hurt to look at certain factors that large groups and cultures believe including:
- Eating certain foods guarantees wealth or luck.
- And secondly, There are special actions at or near the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve that can be important.
Two Ways to Ensure Your New Year’s fortune
1. New Year’s Day Food: Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise.
Can what you eat on New Year’s Day really change your future? If you have doubts, my mom could have told you. She must have firmly believed that black-eyed peas, greens, and corn bread were the keys to health and wealth. And I would add that all the New Years I can remember, that is what she served.
2. This is close to the same menu that many southern families adhere. One variation adds pork and rice to the black-eyed peas. This menu promises “experience luck and peace for the rest of the year.”
3. In Spain and some Latin American countries, one New Year’s tradition is to eat 12 grapes. That means “one for each month of the coming year, to secure prosperity. Sounds easy?
Here’s the challenge: you need to eat one grape with each bell strike at midnight. The favored way is to take a bite, then swallow the grape halves whole. A glass of bubbly afterward might help to flush it all down.”
The Stroke of Midnight: The Right Action to Take
There are also several suggested actions that produce pleasant results for the New Year:
- The tradition to kiss someone at midnight on New Year’s Eve is a long-standing tradition. It is said to bring luck to your love life. “Kiss someone at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve and you will have a year of luck in love.” This is the advice of writer, Joanne Wannan in her book “Kisstory: A Sweet and Sexy Look at the History of Kissing“.
- The Scots add one pleasant aspect to this scenario. The idea is to kiss everyone in the room.
- Also in Denmark, people stand on their chairs and leap into January at midnight. The purpose is to bring good luck and banish bad spirits. That sounds like a good idea!
Sniff’N’Stop: Final Take for 2020
Here, at Sniff’N’Stop, we can’t guarantee these traditions of luck will keep all the “varmints” away. Therefore, we recommend that you see us for “varmints” and consider some of the other traditions for luck.
As for whether or not the superstitions of New Year’s Foods and Lucky traditions bring you good fortune in Lucky 2021–Who Knows? As Shakespeare pointed out,