Good Luck Tips, Dos and Don’ts for New Year’s Eve
In most Aruban homes, good luck for the coming year is believed to be within reach if certain rituals and traditions are properly followed on New Year’s Eve. Most of the rituals revolve around sweet-smelling perfumes and incense that symbolize cleanliness, purity, prosperity, and eternal good luck. The removal of bad luck, Saka Fuku, symbolized by the removal of dirt and bad smells, and the bringing in of good luck are serious occupations on New Year’s Eve.
- At midnight, make sure you have CASH money in your hand and in your purse. Not just credit cards. Hold your cash in the palm of your hand. More will follow if you do.
- Step out of your house at midnight, making the sign of the cross, right foot forward as a dose of bad luck prevention.
- Direct the smoke from the pagara, especially the last blast, to your living room. Make sure all doors and windows are open. The smoke will cleanse the residence of all bad influences.
- Sweep the red paper littering the street, better known as pagara leftovers, on January 2. Do not touch it on the first of the year!!! Leave it there to fly in the wind, good luck in tow.
- Make sure the first person you hug and kiss after the stroke of midnight on New Year’s is healthy and wealthy. Do not hug back anybody who is needy. They will take away your good fortune if you do. For good luck purposes, hug a successful MAN first.
- Burn incense everywhere. Do not overlook corners. My friends recommend traveling around the house with an old can containing a noxious, smoky, tar-like secret substance, stopping for a few minutes everywhere, for best results.
- A little bread and sugar should be burned along with the incense so that there will always be bread on the table and a sweet, loving relationship in your life.
- Make sure you get home before midnight to spend time with your family and friends. Guaranteed to drive loneliness and misery away.