National First- Foot Day is a popular tradition in England and Scotland during the 19th century. 1 January annually is considered as the date to celebrate this holiday.
What is first footing? What is its meaning?
Fist footing, also called the First Footer, relates to the first person who visit your home after the New Year. According to some folklore, first-footer who is a tall, dark-haired man will bring the family luck. In other countries, women or men with a fair hair are unlucky. A special thing that all first-footer should remember is do not arrive home with empty hands. Because the first footer will bring luck to household, they might prepare some things including cheese, coin, salt, coal, whisky, bread …They symbolize prosperity, flavor, warmth for the house, and good cheer – the whisky is used to happy the New Year.
National First-Foot Day in the world
Nowadays, this holiday is hold in Scotland and the north of England. The first-footer or pothariko will bring the good or the bad to household. As you know, many household can choose who their first-footer will be in this year.
The custom of first footing is also carried out in Vietnam. The first person entering the house will show the family’s luck in the incoming year. The visitor will give lucky money in red pocket with wishes for homeowner; however, they only stay in a short time.
Inspire of its differences around the world, first-foot day still keeps its custom. Whether the first footer can make sure the luck and prosperity of a household for a whole year, would you want to try it out?
ObservedNational First-Foot Day has been observed annually on January 1st.
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