In Italy, New Year’s Eve, l’ultimo dell’anno, is celebrated with rites, rituals and events that are meant to bring good fortune, happiness and prosperity in the coming year. Derived from Roman celebrations in honor of Janus, the god of gates, doorways, beginnings and endings, New Year’s Eve in Italy is a time to put an end to the problems of the past and open the door to the possibilities of a New Year. And being Italian you want to ensure that you do so in the most fortuitous manner!
So wear something red, the traditional color of good fortune, on New Year’s Eve. If you’re Italian that would be red underwear! And eat grapes and lentils for good luck and prosperity and throw something old out the window. Then think about the wonder, beauty and blessings of the past year with a short ringraziamento (thanksgiving) and begin Capodanno 2012.