GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — The new year is right around the corner, a time we set aside for ushering out the old and bringing in the new.

Throughout history, most cultures have drawn an association between a person’s actions on New Year’s Day and their fate during the year.

Here are a few New Year’s superstitions, taboos, folklore, and old wives’ tales that many of us can say we’ve followed and tried out:

Open your doors and windows 

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In the Philippines, they open doors and windows just before midnight to let out the old year and let in the new.  

Eat King Cake at midnight 

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For many, the dense, doughy king cake associated with New Orleans represents the end of the Christmas season, but be on the lookout for a golden coin or a plastic baby. If you find it, your year will be filled with wealth and prosperity, according to legend. 

Kiss someone at midnight 

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Are you looking for luck in the love department? Well, then grab someone and give them a smooch.

According to “Entertaining from Ancient Rome to the Super Bowl: An Encyclopedia,” the first encounter of the New Year can determine how you will spend the next 365 days.

Eat 12 grapes at midnight 

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While most Americans associate New Year’s Eve with bite-sized snacks and champagne, in Spain, the tradition is to eat 12 grapes at midnight (of course, Cava wine follows). It’s a ritual that dates to the 1880s. 

Eat black-eyed peas and collard greens 

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If you have ever lived in the South, you know that what you eat on New Year’s Day matters.

Many below the Mason-Dixon line believe green foods bring you money while peas reflect prosperity. So, stock your plate with collards and black-eyed peas, as both are thought to send wealth your way.