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Top 5 New Years Eve Traditions for Financial Prosperity

Adhering to small rituals before New Year’s Eve to ensure financial prosperity of the upcoming year is a near-universal habit. Yet, while doing (or not doing) something before the clock strikes midnight is a widespread tradition, those traditions often vary wildly between different countries.

Here are four of the most unique (and one almost universal) New Year’s Eve traditions from all across the world.

  1. China: No Cleaning

    China might be the champion among nations considering the number of New Year’s Eve traditions that should be adhered to for a lucky, stable, and – most importantly – prosperous year. Down to what you can eat (pork and jiaozi dumplings – pork is associated with fortune, jiaozi are shaped like old currency and associate with money), not to eat (porridge – poor people’s food), and how to behave.

    One of the things the Chinese don’t do on New Year’s Eve is clean the house! It’s thought that cleaning out the house, doing laundry, and even just taking out the garbage on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day means purging the house of belongings, reducing chances of prosperity in the upcoming year. So, they take care of the cleaning business the day before or a day after New Year.

  2. Japan: Eat Soba Noodles

    Traditional Japanese buckwheat noodles – soba – are known to be the traditional dish of choice at midnight.

    Apparently, the buckwheat signifies resiliency, while the length of the noodles themselves signify long life. So, eating soba at midnight is supposed to symbolize having a long and prosperous life, and usher in a lucky New Year for the eater.

  3. Greek: Eat Vasilopita

    Vasilopita is a sweet, doughy cake somewhat resembling bread, that is only made on New Year’s Day in Greece.

    At midnight or in the first minute of the New Year (not quite at eve, but close enough!) the family will cut vasilopita in pieces and divide between the family members from the oldest to the youngest.

    Vasilopita traditionally must contain a gold coin. The type of coin has become less important over the years, nowadays it can be simple change, as it’s the symbolism that matters, not the gold.

    The family members aren’t allowed to look at their slices until everyone’s been served. When the vasilopita is all divided up, everyone takes a bite. Whoever discovers the coin in their slice is supposed to have a prosperous upcoming year.

  4. Germany: Eat Sauerkraut

    In Germany, the possible prosperity of the upcoming year is also connected to the food. Namely, the traditional beloved sauerkraut. Specifically, it’s thought that how much wealth you gain next year is proportionate to how much sauerkraut you eat.

    Eating sauerkraut is believed to signify not only financial prosperity, but also bring in an abundance of different blessings (such as health and long life), but financial prosperity is what we’re interested in. So, if you want to build wealth in the new year – eat some sauerkraut.

  5. Universal: Keep Your Cupboards Full

    This one seems like an oddity – it’s not the most popular tradition across the globe (those, as we’ve seen, are all about what you eat!), yet it’s also found in many different countries simultaneously, even if not most mainstream (most people I’ve asked haven’t even heard about it).Maybe that’s because we already automatically do what it preaches, even without knowing the tradition.

    The idea is that you shouldn’t meet the New Year without having your cupboards well stocked. Empty cupboards signify the lack of possession, while full cupboards signify the abundance of wealth and prosperity. So, you’re automatically doing something to ensure future prosperity by just going shopping on New Year’s Eve, isn’t it neat?

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    How to Avoid Entering the New Year with Financial Emergency

    If there’s one thing that doesn’t signify future financial prosperity – it’s entering the New Year with a financial obligation. If you’ve been hit by an emergency that needs to be taken care of immediately – better get some cash together and take care of it fast. Title loans can help you with that.

    Title loans are quick and easy to acquire. They are a secured type of loan (your car will be collateral), which means the lenders are freer in choosing their clients and work with all types of income. They also have little care for credit scores, so you can apply even if your credit score is bad or nonexistent altogether.

    How Do I Find Title Loans Near Me?

    You can either apply for title loans online by going to and filling out the inquiry form, which will send your information to the location of your choice or by calling the store.

    If you apply online, the store representative will contact you and set up a meeting. You’ll then bring your car, the car’s title (it should be in your name and lien-free), and your government-issued ID (to prove you’re of age and the title is in your name) to the location and meet with the store representative.

    They’ll inspect the car and the documents and approve you for the loan. The entire process takes on average only between 30 to 45 minutes.

    Entering into the new year with financial prosperity, can be a bit overwhelming if you find yourself with financial obligations at the years end. That is why it is important to settle those debts before the new year approaches. With the help of title loans in Wisconsin you can get those obligations taken care of and your financial prosperity back on track for the upcoming year.

Note: The content provided in this article is only for informational purposes, and you should contact your financial advisor about your specific financial situation.

June Mckaig

June Mckaig writes articles on finance and budgeting, hoping to provide insight amidst the overwhelming crowds of information on the internet. She feels that with all this accessibility comes a lot of false data, and she would like to contribute astute, helpful input that she knows can help others. If you would like to learn more about June's research, read more here.