When it comes to New Year’s traditions, there's nothing more universally iconic than the New Year’s Eve kiss. But did you know who you smooch at the stroke of midnight could determine if you're in for a year of good fortune or bad luck?
Just the mention of it makes some people blush. Still many will admit, it’s the first thing they do and wouldn't dare miss when the clock strikes 12:00 on New Year’s Eve.
“I always set my alarm for 10 till 12 because I know I am not going to make it until midnight. Then I reach over and say 'honey, honey, it’s time for my kiss'.”
A tradition that started with the ancient Romans according to kissing expert and author Andréa Demirjian and she says still today it pays to kiss in the New Year. Kiss someone of a good heart and you're in for a year of good fortune.
“The idea is that if you kiss someone a little mysterious or inauspicious you might be heading down a path of not the best luck,” she said.
But before you pucker up, there are some do's and don'ts.
Demirjian suggests you freshen up, especially if you've been drinking.
“You don't want your kissing dinged on a technicality like foul breath or chapped lips,” she said.
Hold off on kissing during the day to make it more exciting at midnight. In public, keep the kiss simple. And if you're single, don't fret, kissing is for everyone. Grab a friend, loved one or even your pet.
“New Year's Eve is like the 007 license to kiss so I always encourage people to be spontaneous,” Demirjian said.
From the experts lips to your ears, cheers to sealing your New Year with a kiss.
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