Some traditions you never question. You just participate in them because it's something that you've always done. Growing up my dad would make me eat at least a few of these wretched tasting legumes on New Year's Day; somehow it was for good luck.
I have always considered myself pretty lucky, but I don't think it has anything to do with this ridiculous tradition.
Like I have mentioned before in previous posts, I am ever so fascinated learning and taking part in German traditions. This country is so rich in tradition, I always feel a little ashamed about my American ones or lack there-of. The black-eyed pea one is a good example.
Silvester, the German new year is named after St. Silvester. It is a festive time spent with family and friends. This is very similar to way we celebrate, except the champagne toast at midnight is followed by your own personal firework display. Our backyard was a total war zone. Let it be known that 50 euros can buy quite a bit of ammo. I am still questioning the combination of alcohol and lighting fireworks. Luckily, I still have all my friends in 2008. Though it was close.......
Another tradition on Silvester is the practice of melting small pieces of lead in a spoon over a candle flame. This is called Bleigiessen. The heated pieces harden when dropped into cold water. You then try to determine the shape. The shape of the lead will tell the future of the following year.
John's looked like a seed, which meant all his wishes would be fulfilled. Mine looked like a staff and meant my life will turn around. Not too sure my life needs to turn around. I think my life is going great in the direction it's going.
"It's just a silly piece of lead anyways," she said as she reluctantly ate a few black-eyed peas.