Checking the What's New? page on snopes.com this morning, I found their list of beliefs associated with the New Year.
I forgot to make Howard first-foot into my flat when we got back on New Year's Day, and several items left the home (Howard's luggage and a misdelivered letter, to name but two). However, it seems I accidentally ensured good fortune for 2014 in a couple of ways:
Other "lucky" foods are lentil soup (because lentils supposedly look like coins), pork (because poultry scratches backwards, a cow stands still, but a pig roots forward, ergo those who dine upon pork will be moving forward in the new year), and sauerkraut (probably because it goes so well with pork).
Tick! Had a jacket potato with BBQ pulled pork in the Forest Hill Wetherspoons.
Make sure to do — and be successful at — something related to your work on the first day of the year, even if you don't go near your place of employment that day. Limit your activity to a token amount, though, because to engage in a serious work project on that day is very unlucky.
Tick! I imported a document into Scrivener, formatted it, and set target wordcounts, which fits the bill precisely. Good - I could do with a bit of luck in the writing department.
Anyone else comply with or flout any 01/01 superstitions?