December 31, 2012

Have you ever heard of first-footing?  This is a Scottish and Northern English custom, established in folklore, and the first-foot is the first person to cross the threshold of a home on New Year’s Day.  This person is regarded as a bringer of good fortune for the coming year.

 

Although it is acceptable in many places for the first-footer to be a resident of the house, they must not be in the house at the stroke of midnight in order to first-foot (thus going out of the house after midnight and then coming back in to the same house is not considered to be first-footing).

 

The first-foot usually brings several gifts, perhaps a coin, bread, salt, coal, or a drink (usually whisky), which respectively represent financial prosperity, food, flavour, warmth, and good cheer.

 

Happy New Year’s Eve to our readers!

 

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  1. […] of gifts and visiting the homes of friends and neighbours.  Special attention is given to the first-foot, a Scottish and Northern English custom, established in folklore. The first-foot is the first […]


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