Lucky 2021: New Years’ celebrations are at hand and it is time to wish all our staff, clients, friends, and associates a very Happy and Lucky 2021.
2021 is a time for hope and a time for change. This is the year when everything turns around. At least we at Gavrilov & Co. hope so. Without regret, most of us will gladly leave 2020 behind, the year of COVID-19, with its masks and restrictions, bad weather, and murder wasps!
So, to 2020, we simply say, “Good Riddance” and Thank God for the hope of “Lucky 2021.”
Celebrating Lucky 2021
Yes, many Americans and others around the world are ready to celebrate with decorations, fireworks, and parties. We’re ready to sing “Auld Lang Syne,” declare our New Year’s Resolutions and all of the wonderful things that go along with the New Year–and even ready to kiss someone special at midnight.
Here in Manhattan, of course, most of us recognize the fact that, with COVID-19 restrictions, we can’t drop the big ball in Time’s Square in the usual way. Most New Yorkers will only be able to view it virtually.
Lucky 2021: New Vaccine and New Hope
On the one hand, we know we still have to exercise some caution concerning safety with the reigning world pandemic. And yet… On the other hand, we do feel lucky with the new COVID-19 vaccine! In the US, doctors and pharmacists are distributing the life-saving vaccine even as we publish this blog. We are indeed blessed.
By the way, do you know that most vaccines take from 5 – 10 years to be developed and approved through the various health and testing programs? Yet, we have miraculously accomplished this “Warp Speed” program in less than one year. Is this Lucky or Dedication and Compassion?
Celebrate the Lucky 2021 New Year with Us
Here at Gavrilov, we celebrate the New Year with plans and resolutions to protect your hard-earned dollars, in both taxes and investments. As we hinted in a recent blog, soon you will see expanded services especially for tax planning and wealth-building.
The services will be carefully customized and individualized to your medical, professional, or entrepreneurial lifestyle. Still, we are keeping the details of our newest fiscal education strategies under wraps a little while longer. But meanwhile, we will hint that doctors are going to be quite pleased with our new fiscal strategies.
As always with a holiday, we take this opportunity to stray from our usual blog topics. Instead, we will explore certain New Year’s aspects of what we call “being lucky” or good fortune in 2021.
Looking Back to the Very Beginning of New Years History
Did you know that celebrating the New Year has an almost 4000-year history? In fact, the celebration of the New Year is the oldest of all holidays.
“It was first observed in ancient Babylon about 4000 years ago.” Additionally, “The Babylonian New Year celebration lasted for eleven days.” Wow, that’s celebrating. There must have been some real “hang-overs.”
One thing that almost all celebrations have in common is hope for the future. And to guarantee that future, certain lucky traditions have developed.
“Being Lucky” in 2021: Can We Improve Our Luck?
We all are aware that “Being Lucky” basically means that good things or bad occur to us. Of course, debates have always raged. Is good luck simply superstition or is it preparation and hard work? Naturally, we can’t be certain. However, it certainly couldn’t hurt to look at certain factors that large groups and cultures believe–and we extend these customs to you with a wink and a smile.
New Year’s Day Fortuitous Food: Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise. Eating certain foods guarantees wealth or luck.
Can what you eat on New Year’s Day really change your future?
- If you have doubts, my mom could have told you. She firmly believed that black-eyed peas, greens, and corn bread were the keys to health and wealth. And I would add that all the New Years I can remember, that is what she served. Additionally, this is close to the same menu to which many southern families adhere. One variation adds pork and rice to the black-eyed peas. This menu promises “experience luck and peace for the rest of the year.”
- In Spain and some Latin American countries, one New Year’s tradition is to eat 12 grapes. That means “one for each month of the coming year, to secure prosperity. Sounds easy?
Here’s the challenge: you need to eat one grape with each bell strike at midnight. The favored way is to take a bite, then swallow the grape halves whole. A glass of bubbly afterward might help to flush it all down.”
The Stroke of Midnight: The Right Action to Take
There are also several suggested actions that produce pleasant results for the New Year:
The tradition to kiss someone at midnight on New Year’s Eve is a long-standing tradition. It is said to bring luck to your love life. “Kiss someone at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve and you will have a year of luck in love.” This is the advice of writer, Joanne Wannan in her book “Kisstory: A Sweet and Sexy Look at the History of Kissing.”
In Scotland, the culture adds another pleasant twist to this scenario. The idea is to kiss everyone in the room.
Likewise in Denmark, people stand on their chairs and leap into January at midnight. The purpose is to bring good luck and banish bad spirits. That sounds like a good idea!
Gavrilov & Co: Final Take for Lucky 2021
Here, at Gavrilov, we can’t guarantee these traditions of luck will keep all ill-fortune or tax collectors away. Therefore, we recommend that you see us for “tax consultations, wealth-building strategies, and investments.” You see, we’ll give you a firm financial foundation.
Then, you can consider some of the other traditions, just for added good luck. As for whether or not the superstitions of New Year’s Foods and Lucky traditions bring you good fortune in Lucky 2021, Who Knows?
“There are more things in than you have dreamed of, in heaven and earth, Horatio.”
And we add Rainer Maria Rilke’s famous New Year’s Quote,