The REAL Reason Why People Kiss At Midnight On New Year’s Eve
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New Year’s Eve is the last hurrah of the year. It’s the final event in a holiday binge of eating, drinking, and celebrating. It’s a time to don glitzy outfits, reflect on the past, and ponder future resolutions. And then there’s the kiss at the stroke of midnight.
Whether you ring in the new year by watching the Times Square ball drop from your living room TV or toasting champagne at an upscale nightclub, tradition makes a case for celebrating the new year with people you enjoy.
If you have ever wondered why people kiss at midnight on New Year’s Eve, according to English and German folklore, the first person you encounter in a new year — and the nature of this encounter — sets the tone for the rest of the year. A kiss is about strengthening ties you wish to maintain in the future. If a couple that celebrates together doesn’t take the time to lock lips, it doesn’t bode well for the relationship.
For single people, there’s a superstition that not kissing anyone portends a year of loneliness … and probably a lot of bad online dating. (OK, I made that last part up.) Then again, kissing some sleazy random who may or may not have a girlfriend is worse than kissing no one at all.
Passionate New Year’s Eve kisses are featured prominently in popular culture. In Bridget Jones’s Diary, a New Year’s Eve kiss brings Bridget Jones and Mark Darcy back together. The Godfather: Part II also features an emotional New Year’s Eve kiss, but this one’s not about sexual tension. Instead, Michael Corleone gives his brother Fredo a furious kiss of death after being betrayed.
The New Year’s Eve kiss at the end of When Harry Met Sally is the beginning of a happily-ever-after for the two estranged friends. It’s just as memorable as the fake orgasm scene at the deli. Harry finally admits he’s in love with Sally.