New Year’s Eve is one of the largest global celebrations around the world. Not only does it bring various people together through mutual festivities, but it also holds a sort of magical quality and a fresh start. One of the best parts is that there are many ways to make a wish on this day that will help you in the new year.
Since I was a little kid, the night of New Year’s Eve always had a special place in my heart! Born and raised in Russia, this holiday was the most important event of the year as this is when a lot of Russian customs and traditions took place. Russian superstitions and fortunetelling culture made the New Year’s Eve night the perfect time to make the most cherished wishes.
In order to diversify your New Year’s Eve, I wanted to share the most memorable traditions in my family on how to make a New Year’s wish.
1.) Ashes in Champagne
This is a unique and extravagant way to make a wish on New Year’s Eve.
While the chimes begin striking at midnight, write your wish on a piece of paper and burn it on a candle Mix the ashes in your glass of champagne and drink it before the chimes are done.
This method gives you an adrenaline rush since it happens so fast. Therefore, it’s better to have a piece of paper and a pencil ready by each plate at the table. And not to worry, you won’t be able to taste the ashes at all!
2.) 12 Wishes
Another way to make a wish is to write 12 wishes on separate pieces of paper. Usually, you start writing them down after midnight. After all 12 wishes are written down, you have to roll them up and put them under your pillow.
The next morning, without looking draw one of the paper rolls and the wish that you drew will be the one that supposed to come true. But there is a catch!
For a wish to come true, you have to go to bed before 3 am. It is believed that after 3 am, the morning starts and the magic of the night is gone.
3.) Packets of goodies
The amount of bags has to equal the last two digits of the upcoming year. For example, for 2021 you should have 21 bags ready. In each bag put some goodies, such as fruits or candies. When the chimes strike midnight, silently make a wish.
Afterward, step outside and give the bags away to the first strangers you come across. You have to sincerely wish them wealth and prosperity in the New Year in order for your own to come true.
4.) A Jumping Wish
This fun way to make a wish is perfect for a large group of friends and family. When midnight comes, you need to jump as high as possible and make the most sacred wish during your jump. The main trick is that the wish has to be short and sweet in order to fit in a jump. It might be chaotic, but this method is entertaining!
5.) 12 Grapes
This is the most delicious way to make a wish!
Put a large plate of grapes on the New Year’s Eve table. A minute before the chimes start striking midnight, think about your wish. Then, as soon as the clock begins its 12 beats, eat one grape with each strike.
The main thing is to manage your timing while eating the grapes and if you succeed, your wish will definitely come true!
So, this New Year’s Eve, step outside the box and add a brand-new tradition of wish-making to your family fun and feel the magic! Good luck and happy new year!