First Foot in Northern Ireland

Shoe_BNC.jpgFirst-foot is a tradition in Great Britain where the first person who enters a person’s house (the “first-foot”) in the New Year will bring good or bad luck.

Rosetta Ceesay wrote, “New year in Northern Ireland it’s still seen as bad luck if your first visitor in the new year is a female, so people ensure that the ‘first footer’ is male and the custom is that he should bring a piece of coal to offer the household. This is to wish them warmth in their home in the coming year.”

Many thanks to Rosetta for sharing this tradition with us!

Happy New Year!

Mama Lisa

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One Response to “First Foot in Northern Ireland”

  1. Patricia Bowen Says:

    Oh I had forgotten about the first footer. As a child we kept new year at my grandparent’s house and an uncle would always go out of the back door after auld land syne. He would nip to the front door and ring the bell and he carried in a lump of coal. Had to have dark hair too, so my uncle Ray could never do it lol

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