why do we kiss on new years

The day is finally here, the last day of 2014. And to celebrate, people around the world will be attending parties, watching fireworks, staying in and popping champagne. No matter what you are doing, there is one tradition that goes with every NYE champagne toast out there: the midnight kiss. We all do it, and if we arent coupled up were looking for someone to do it with when the countdown starts. But why do we do it? Where did this tradition come from? To secure your love life The Encyclopedia of Superstitions notes a superstition that seems to have been around forever and is of unknown origins. It claims that if you are single and dont kiss someone on New Years Eve, you will have a whole year of loneliness. So to keep from being a sad lonely spinster all year, you better get out there and kiss someoneanyone.


To keep friends close and strangers just as close In Scotland, kissing at midnight is a real tradition called Hogmanay. The idea is that in the New Year, you should show hospitality to friends and strangers alike. SO unlike our North American tradition of just kissing one person on NYE, in Scotland, its customary to kiss every single person that is in the room with you. To get rid of evil spirits If you are heading to a masquerade ball for New Years, you may be able to get rid of all those pesky evil spirits that have been trailing you all year. For hundreds of years, Europeans have held masquerade balls for the holidays. The masks that they wear symbolized the evil spirits and it was said that a kiss after the removal of the mask represented purification.


To honour Roman tradition The Roman festival of Saturnalia was held every December to celebrate the coming of the New Year. Traditionally there was a lot of kissing and touching involved (like most Roman festivals). Some researchers think that the New Years kiss is a more reserved twist on this tradition. To seal the deal Whether you are in a relationship or are looking to make things official with that special someone, English and German tradition holds that kissing the one you love on New Years Eve will guarantee you an entire year of their love. So if you are looking to keep the fire burning in your current relationship or if you are looking to take things to the next level with a special someone, make sure you pucker up on New Years Eve.
New Years Eve: a time for drinking, partying and imagery and activities focused on kissing.


Lots of kissing. The New Years kiss is an age-old tradition (literally, it may go back to the Iron Age). And at this point, it is so ingrained in our popular consciousness that no one gives much thought as to why we do it. Part of the reason we dont think much about the why is probably because we've had a lot of Champagne by the time the subject springs to mind around 11:51 p. m. every Dec. 31. But there are several theories about why we lock lips at the end of every year, so take your pick. An interesting story may help seal a last-minute smooch. 1. Because the Romans. The Romans, in their never-ending love of debauchery, hosted an annual festival in December called Saturnalia to celebrate the coming of the new year.


As with many Roman festivals, there was much touching of lips and various other body parts. Some scholars attribute todays much more demure kissing custom to that. 2. To ward off loneliness. According to the Encyclopedia of Superstitions, there is a long-standing notion of unknown origins that if you are single and dont kiss someoneanyoneon New Years Eve, you will have an entire year of loneliness. Its like your love life just walked under a ladder. 3. To get closer to your special someone. According to English and German superstition, kissing the one you love at midnight will ensure an entire year of affection from them. 4. To be close to a new special someone. Those same superstitions hold that you will have a special relationship with the very first person you kiss in the new year.


Hopefully you believe in love at first tongue. 5. To rid yourself of evil spirits. It seems like evil spirits are at the heart of most good traditions. For hundreds of years, Europeans held masquerade balls for holidays, including New Years. Masks symbolized evil spirits, and a kiss following the masks removal symbolized purification. 6. To blur the line between friends and strangers. In Scotland, the New Years celebration is called Hogmanay. According to tradition, you should show hospitality to friends and strangers alike in the new year. Thats why its customary to kiss every single person in the room with you. If you've been especially lonely this year, you might want to consider a last-minute booking to Edinburgh. Related: