Tag Archives: new year


12 Grapes for the New Year

Main Text: DC: “On New Years at 12:00 am you are supposed to consecutively eat one grape each second for a total of 12 grapes in 12 seconds for good luck in the new year.” Context:  Although I collected this from a Mexican woman who is my boyfriend’s sister-in-law, I also witnessed and performed this… Continue Reading »

Persian New Year Tradition – Superstitions

Piece:  “My community, the Persian community, so Persian new year is on the spring equinox which is the first day of spring, it’s supposed to symbolize the start of the new year, but just like a new beginning, everything is starting to bloom again, so one of the things they do for Persian new year… Continue Reading »

Jump Over Fire Into The New Year

Context:   The informant and I are eating lunch outside of Fertitta Hall around 12:00 pm. She describes to me about how she would bring in the New Year due to her Persian heritage. Body: Informant: “So there’s a Persian holiday that you actually celebrate the day before Persian New Year. And Persian New Year,… Continue Reading »

Goodluck Dumplings

My informant shared a piece of Chinese culture she practices with her family during the Chinese New Year: Informant: Ok so for Chinese New Year, we make…the tradition is to eat Dumplings…and then we will hide one coin in one of the dumplings and whoever eats that dumpling will have good luck. Context: I was talking… Continue Reading »

Apples & Honey on Rosh Hashanah

Main Piece: Informant: You have supposed to dip a slice of apple in some honey and eat it. It’s supposed to guarantee that you have a sweet year. Interviewer: Do you remember when you learned about this? Informant: It’s always been in my life. It’s not specific to our family, It’s a Jewish thing. Remember… Continue Reading »