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Each year the entire globe will turn their attention to the clock as the final day of the year, December 31st winds down and January 1st of the next year kicks off. For one moment everything else seems to take a backseat to the hope that comes with ringing in the New Year.
Around the world there are a vast array of traditions and celebrations that remember the blessings of the past year and make way for a new and – hopefully – better year ahead. And many of these said traditions happen around a warm and cozy fire in the fireplace.
Lords Chimney knows how important it is that your fireplace is working the way it should, always providing you, your friends, and your family the warm, cozy, environment that you deserve. This is why we have the most highly trained, knowledgeable, and experienced technicians available for those in the Houston and Beaumont area. The traditions that you create around your fireplace are important to you and your community. That makes them important to us!
Explore some of the fireside traditions people have throughout the world. And if you need an inspection or repair scheduled, reach out to us today!
Russia boasts a unique New Year’s Eve tradition involving fire. According to Russian belief, the initial chime of midnight acts as a gateway to new beginnings, presenting individuals with a single chance to entreat the universe for their most cherished wish.
To partake, one must patiently await the stroke of twelve. Once it hits, they write their wish on a small piece of paper, ignite it, and capture resulting ashes in a champagne glass – then, it’s down the hatch before the final second of midnight elapses.
Allegedly, successfully completing this ritual within the allotted time may lead to the fulfillment of the desired wish.
In the Czech Republic, people try to get a glimpse of what might be in store for them in the new year. It is believed that you can judge how lucky or cursed you will be based on what shape is contained within an apple.
Each New Year’s Eve, family members will slice an apple in half while sitting around their fireplace. If the shape of a star surrounds the core of the apple, you are in for a lucky twelve months ahead. If the shape of a cross appears, however, you may be in for a pretty rough year.
Each December 31st in Brazil people from all over the world show up on the beaches to pay homage to Yemoja, the goddess of the sea. Wading into the shallows, these beach goers jump over seven waves as the clock counts down to midnight. Jumping these waves, while bearing gifts, trinkets, and flowers, is believed to appease Yemoja and gain for you her good luck.
Of course, after spending a chilly night in the waves, warming up by the fireplace is a must!
The most important holiday in Scotland is Hogmanay, which is a celebration of the final day of the year. Coming from ancient Celtic practices and beliefs, this holiday takes to the streets to ring in the New Year. While the celebration is technically in honor of only one day, the city of Edinburgh has extended the festivities into a three day lead up to the New Year – that makes it one of the biggest New Year’s Eve parties in the world.
Dancing, singing, fire throwing, fireworks, torchlight parades, and bagpipers blasting away through the streets all mark this as a unique and fitting holiday. Of course, party goers need places to break from the celebration and warm up – which is why many homes keep their fireplaces lit and available to the chilly party goer.
This tradition has become pretty familiar to many throughout the world. In Germany, it is considered good luck to receive a kiss at the stroke of midnight. A midnight kiss is meant to bring good luck and long lasting love to the couple who participates. And what better place to complete this act than in front of a warm and cozy fireplace?
Throughout the United States people will gather in homes, sit around the fire, and watch the festivities in New York City. When midnight approaches the countdown begins and a giant ball is dropped in Times Square marking the beginning of a new year.
At Lords Chimney, we realize that the most important traditions happen around the warmth and light of your fireplace. That’s why we make sure to provide our customers with the best service available. Call us today to schedule your inspection and cleaning, and let us help make your New Year’s Eve celebration one to remember.