Happy 2013! January 1st will see me eating my black-eyed peas in hopes of a prosperous year (we do this in the South, I'm not sure about the rest of the US), but I want to share three New Year's traditions that I'd never heard of before.
3.) Germany and Austria- Pouring molten lead into a bowl filled with water then reading the shapes created like tea leaves. (I've never actually handled molten lead, but doesn't this seem a wee bit dangerous?)
2.) Denmark- Throwing breakable dishes at your neighbor's door. The bigger the pile, the more friends you have. They also like to leap off of chairs at the stroke of midnight. (Take heed, neighbors--if you throw something and break it on my doorstep, you'd better clean it up!)
1.) Peru- Men, women, and children gather in a bullring to have bare-knuckled fights with people they have grievances with, then hug it out to start the New Year with a clean slate. (Just wow.)
I think I'll just stick with my kiss at midnight, thank you very much.
Regardless of how our New Year's traditions may differ, we can all start 2013 off right with an awesome blog hop! There are lots of cool romance writers, reviewers, and bloggers involved and tons of FABULOUS prizes waiting to be won. I'm offering three $5 Amazon gift cards, and all you have to do to register is leave a comment below with your name and email address. You will automatically be entered into the Grand Prize drawing. Almost all of the sites on the hop are giving away prizes as well, so you can be entered hundreds of times.
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I'll be drawing my winners on January 7th.
Do you follow any traditions to celebrate a new year?
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