Greetings to all and welcome new friends to the EastWing.
We toss “Happy New Year” around like free candy at Halloween. Can’t help but wonder how much is sincere and how much is saying just because……
Now there’s no official right time to start to use Happy New Year in the conversations. Just when it’s close to the end of the year and a little past. Merry Christmas on the other hand has a very distinct end game. You never hear much about Merry Christmas after December 25th. Happy New Year goes on for some time in both directions from the event.
Can’t help but wonder at what point does the year stop being happy? At what point does it stop being new? Guess some things stay new longer than other. Bread being a good example. You never hear of new bread, but everyone has for sure heard of day old bread.
So I’m not saying Happy New Year on January 1, 2017. Instead I’m saying Happy Days and Happy Nights for 365 days and nights of 2017.
Even though I have a highly scientific weather station here at the EastWing, it’s still fun to look at the signs and remember the weather folklore. There’s never a better time than the start of a new year. There are lots of weather folklore surrounding the start of a new year. One of the most popular of these weather folklore has to do with the wind. Step outside as the sun sets on New Year’s Eve. Feel the wind and recite:
If New Year’s Eve the wind blows south It betokens warmth and growth.
If west, much milk and fish in the sea. If north, cold and storms there will be.
If east, the trees will bear much fruit. If north east, then flee it, man and brute.
Guess you could say the answer is blowing in the wind.
Others believed the best time to check out the wind was at sunrise on New Year’s Day rather than New Year’s Eve. If you forgot to check the wind on new year’s eve or new year’s morning, not to worry, other lore says that the first 12 days of the year are just as useful. The weather on the first, good or bad, will reflect how January will feel. The second day forecasts February and so on.
Now for those who didn’t know about the new years eve sunset wind of yesterday or the new year morning wind today, both were calm.
Another “Scientific” system that may far exceed the wind system in prognostications of things to come is the reliable Onion Line Up.
Get twelve large onions. Between 11:00pm and midnight on New Year’s Eve cut off the tops and scoop out a depression in the centers. Get out your compass and line the onions in an east-west orientation. (Please Note: this step is most vital, without a precise alignment in relationship to the prime meridiem this highly accurate system will predict weather hundreds or even thousands of miles from your location) The eastern most onion represents January and progressing west thru the onions, the western most represents December.
Place an equal amount of salt in each depression at the top of the onion. Don’t look at the onions before new year’s day at 7:00 AM. The salt has dissolved to varying degrees in each onion. The more water in each onion the wetter the corresponding month will be in the coming year. After this, carefully add potatoes and carrots, rub with olive oil and spices and bake. Whether the onions are right or wrong, you’ll have a nice New Year’s Day vegetable feast.
From The EastWing, Happy Days & Happy Nights, In The Wind, The Onions Know
I Wish You Well,