GREENVILLE, N.C (WNCT) – The New Year is right around the corner, a time we set aside for ushering out the old and bringing in the new.

Throughout history, most cultures have drawn an association between a person’s actions on New Year’s Day and their fate during the year. Here are a few New Year’s superstitions, taboos, folklore and old wife’s tales that many of us can say we’ve followed and tried out.

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Open Your Doors and Windows 

In the Philippines, they open doors and windows just before midnight to let out the old year and let in the new.  

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Eat King Cake at Midnight 

For many, the dense, doughy king cake associated with New Orleans represents the end of the Christmas season. But be on the lookout for a golden coin or a plastic baby. If you find it, your year will be filled with wealth and prosperity, according to legend. 

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Kiss Someone at Midnight 

Are you looking for luck in the love department? Well, then grab someone and give them a smooch. According to “Entertaining from Ancient Rome to the Super Bowl: An Encyclopedia“, the first encounter of the New Year can determine how you will spend the next 365 days.

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Eat 12 Grapes at Midnight 

While most Americans associate New Year’s Eve with bite-sized snacks and champagne, in Spain, the tradition is to eat 12 grapes at midnight (of course, Cava wine follows). It’s a ritual that dates to the 1880s. 

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Eat Black Eyed Peas and Collard Greens 

If you have ever lived in the South, you know that what you eat on New Year’s Day matters. Many below the Mason-Dixon line believe green foods bring you money while peas reflect prosperity. So, stock your plate with collards and black-eyed peas, as both are thought to send wealth your way.