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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 1, January 1, 2006, Article 2

COINS AND NEW YEAR SUPERSTITIONS

Dick Johnson writes: "Happy New Year!  I did not know how
coins are involved in so many countries' New Years Day
traditions until I read an article by Glenn Tuney in the
Uniontown Pennsylvania Herald Standard.

He relates the tradition that the first visitor of the
year should be male and have dark hair. If he does he is
given a coin as a gift. It was Italians who practiced
this tradition.

A second one comes from Scotland -- put a dime outside
on your front window ledge. You will never have a shortage
of money in that house for the entire year.

The third one is to fill a sink with water, dump in some
coins and wash your face in that water.

Another one is for two people to hold on to a dollar bill
at the stroke of midnight. A higher denomination bill will
bring greater wealth to the two people

A final one is to bake a coin in a sweet bread.

Columnist Tuney adds "If you are able to observe these
[last] two superstitions without putting out your eye with
a penny or swallowing a doughy dime, your luck already is
running on the positive side. As an added incentive for
fortune to smile on you, you also can burn a bayberry candle
before midnight on New Year's Eve to entice good luck to
come your way."

It's a long article.  To read it in its entirety, see: Full Story

Good Luck to All E-Sylum Readers in 2006! Now where did
I put that dime?"

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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