For centuries the beginning of the year was celebrated at different times. Only 1691 Pope Innocent XII fixed the New Year beginning on the first January.
Many religions against it have a movable New Year day! The Jews and Islam after lunar years, the Iranians after solar years.
In China, Korea and Vietnam one welcomes the new year between the end of January and the end of February.
New year is the largest festival of the Chinese culture, which is celebrated for three days with splendid dragon and lion parades.
New Year is also associated with many different facets of superstition.
Free according to the motto "How the New Year begins, so is the whole year" has been and is still being followed today according to certain rules:
For example, this is how bww. the housewife has always not to leave any laundry to dry during the New Year, as this would bring misfortune and work in the coming year.
In the many rural areas of the Alpine region, "smoking", the walking around of living and working rooms and stables with blessed incense, is common to drive away the demons.
In the Chinese world, the house is thoroughly cleaned with bamboo branches that drive away the evil spirits before the beginning of the New Year festival, according to old tradition. During the New Year's days, one would run the risk of also turning out happiness.
Many food and drinking habits that one cultivates at the turn of the year also have a superstitious background.
It is obvious that on New Year's Day you can treat yourself to something very special, after all, you say: "Whoever eats well over the years has the whole year round".
Some superstitioners let their lentil soup spoon out on New Year's Day so that small change never runs out in the New Year. In other areas this is considered to be the consumption of sauerkraut.
New year's carp is also popular. This means that the housefather puts one of the fish scales under his plate. This must be kept in the wallet throughout the year, which should guarantee a full wallet.