The New Year is a day of visiting relatives, neighbours and bachelors. The first New Year’s guest who crosses the threshold of our home is a harbinger of prosperity or year-round bad luck. In the generally accepted custom, the celebration of the feast should begin with the opening of a bottle of champagne at midnight on December 31st to January 1 of the following year.
In ancient times, the New Year was above all a day of divination regarding weather and harvest. Starting from January 1, in the twelve days the sky was observed to guess the weather for the following months of the year. Nowadays, the New Year’s day is generally quiet and peaceful, and the streets are almost deserted, because everyone rests after New Year’s Eve