Who makes an ideal first footer?
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Moreover, what is the tradition of first footing?
The "First Footing" is a tradition celebrated on Hogmanay, a Scottish New Year's celebration. It is supposed to bring luck and prosperity to the household for the new year. It is a ritual involving the first person to step into a household from the outside in a new year. Similar traditions exist in Greece and Georgia.
Furthermore, can you first foot yourself? To truly be the first-foot, you can be an occupant of the house, but you can't be in the house at the stroke of midnight. Most of the folklore describes the first-foot as a tall, dark-haired man, and in some places women or fair-haired men are considered deeply unlucky.
Similarly one may ask, what gifts should you bring during first footing?
The first-foot usually brings several gifts, including perhaps a coin (silver is considered good luck), bread, salt, coal, evergreen, and/or a drink (usually whisky), which represent financial prosperity, food, flavour, warmth, long-life, and good cheer respectively.
What is the tradition of coal at New Year?
Ideally a dark-haired man who carries a gift, usually a piece of coal or food such as black bun, is welcome. This will bring good luck for the next year as the gift symbolises prosperity. Someone with fair hair and female is considered to bring bad luck.