Watching the ball drop, a midnight kiss, spending time with friends and family and sipping on champagne when the clock strikes midnight are all New Year’s Eve traditions that are practiced in households across the country. What about the traditions that aren’t as broadly advertised? Try some of these different New Year’s Eve practices this year for a prosperous 2013!

Black Eyed Peas: For luck and prosperity in the new year, try eating black eyed peas with your meal on New Year’s Day. Commonly celebrated in the southeastern part of the country, this New Year’s Day tradition is said to date back to the civil war.

Dark-haired men: If you’re looking for wealth in the new year, be sure that a blonde isn’t the first to cross the threshold on New Year’s Day! Some believe that a dark-haired, good looking man carrying a small gift must be the first to cross the threshold so the home will have good luck in the new year. This is known as the “first foot.”

Auld Lang Syne: Singing Auld Lang Syne at midnight is an age-old tradition. The song is a Scottish poem that is believed to date back to Scottish poet and lyricist Robert Burns in 1788.

Noisemakers: Did you know that loud noise makers and poppers on New Year’s Eve started to scare evil spirits away for the coming year? Filling your New Year’s Eve celebration with streamers and bits of confetti isn’t all for naught – try to keep this in mind, especially if you’re on clean up duty!

Do you have any other New Year’s Eve traditions or superstitions? Let us know in the comments!