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The New Fire Ceremony - For New Year's Eve Party

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L. Cargill, Medical Laboratory Scientist, ASCP. Retired blood banker and laboratorian. Loves to write about a wide range of subjects. Enjoy!

New Year's Eve New Fire Ceremony

Celebrating the end of a year and the beginning of a New Year is a common theme for New Year’s Eve parties. In the United States of North America, the parties are diverse and interesting. The Native Americans, including the north, central and South Americans have a charming and fun ceremony to bring in the new years. The ceremony involves getting rid of old customs, baggage and angst, then stating affirmations of new energy and goals for the New Year. Using fire to send these aspirations into the “spirit world” is a fun and relaxing way to celebrate a New Year ritual. Add it to your party this year and see what happens. Will it work? Will the goals come true? Is it a superstition or a fun ritual?

Get rid of old things, and resolve to accomplish new goals

To participate in this ritual, bring or furnish something to burn that you or your guests would like to be rid of from the past (to burn before midnight) and a spiritual request or desire of something new ( to burn after midnight). These things may be concepts written on paper that will burn, turn to smoke and release into the spirit world. This allows the past negative energy to move along to its highest spiritual progression path and the new spiritual request to move along to its highest spiritual progression path. It is acceptable to use pictures, drawings or intentions written on a piece of paper. Small effigies used should be made of something like flash paper.

The host builds a fire either outside in a fire ring, or inside in a fireplace. Form a circle around the fire and one by one, burn the old requests before midnight. This can be done at any time during the party. Sometime before midnight, extinguish the "old" fire and prepare for a "new" one at midnight.

At midnight, and after, burn the new requests to send the fresh aspirations into the spirit world. Accompany the ceremony with champagne, food, noisemakers and the usual fun things. Confetti and balloons are also nice!

Encourage the guests to speak aloud while participating in the ceremony, but no one is obligated to speak during a Fire Ceremony. Anyone can participate without stating what they are releasing or calling forth.

After you have called in your Spirit Guide, place into the fire your pictures, drawings and intended items of the past and get “rid” of them. Once these things have burned to smoke and ash, then place into the new fire what you have written on clean sheets of paper. This would be what you desire for replacing those old negative energies.Start fresh each New Year with a resolution that is meaningful for you.

The old fire should be extinguished and a new fire built for the New Year. The things you address from your past or call into your future can be shared with the group or kept secret as you participate in the Fire Ceremony.

During the Central American fire ritual all the fires in the community are put out and everyone is silent. Then they light a new fire to start the New Year and the ritual continues with feasting and celebration.


Black-eyed peas for luck on New Year's Day

Black-eyed peas for luck on New Year's Day

Other Traditions for New Years

In addition to the midnight fire ceremony, some Native American Tribes believe that whatever you leave outside your home to greet the New Year first will grow with the New Year. Money is a popular item to place outside at midnight to catch the energy of New Year growth and prosperity. Place items on the East side of your home to catch the first rays of the powering sun.

Kissing at midnight is guaranteed to keep the romance alive throughout the year.

Eating black-eyed peas on New Year's day is supposed to bring luck for the year.

Safety Tips

New Year’s Eve parties are fun and festive. Including a fire ceremony is always optional. Please have a fire extinguisher handy, should things go horribly wrong. The designated fire tender should be a sober and responsible individual. Handle fireworks safely. Always Plan ahead to keep your guests safe. Do not let them drink and drive. Provide transportation or allow partiers to stay overnight. Have fun!

New Year's Eve Party Ideas

© 2010 Lela

Comments - What ceremonies or rituals do you have for New Year Parties?

Lela (author) from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on January 04, 2012:

That sounds like a lovely tradition. I know of several men that would love to do that, my husband included. But as we live in the country, he couldn't get very drunk just walking around to the 6 houses that are near enough to walk to! That is a good thing.

Mary Craig from New York on January 04, 2012:

Our love and fascination for fire just adds to this great tradition. Loved this hub! Years ago (when I was a little girl) the men of the family would go calling on New Years Day -- it was actually a time for them to get drunk as they had a drink at each house, but it was supposed to be a social thing giving men a chance to do the visiting and talking instead of women.

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Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on December 27, 2011:

Those Indians were smart!! Lol

Lela (author) from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on December 27, 2011:

Why didn't I think of that? Tell all your friends where to put their money, then go gather it up! Too much fun...

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on December 27, 2011:

Ahhhh! Omg! We have to get this party started again! I love THIS idea and it makes sense to me:) lol. I would have to get a fire permit to do an out door fire here...but I've got a fire place! I could just put new wood in at midnight.

This is super awesome! I might even have a party now:) I will for sure do this with the kids! Oh - and I am going to circulate the idea that everyone should bury their money in a shallow hole to the left of the porch....then I'll go digging!

Lela (author) from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on December 24, 2010:

Fire is a basic human need. It speaks to our very core. Without fire, we would still be monkeys in the trees :-)

Tricia Mason from The English Midlands on December 24, 2010:

My son is going to a bonfire party on New Year's eve. I think that there is something very special ~ almost magical ~ about a real fire.

Tony McGregor from South Africa on December 13, 2010:

I really like the ideas in this Hub - thank you. Beautifully written too.

Love and peace


Lela (author) from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on November 17, 2010:

It's a dramatic way to get rid of negative things and to set your New Year resolutions. I think it's kind of fun. But I do love sitting by the fire on New Year's Eve.

wilsontom from new delhi on November 17, 2010:

this was an informative hub...i didn't knew about this kind of traditions. thanks for sharing.

Lela (author) from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on November 17, 2010:

That's funny Merlin. We could keep the fire going all year long on that suggestion alone!

Merlin Fraser from Cotswold Hills on November 17, 2010:

In Scotland the First Foot tradition is also celebrated, although fortunately we do not have to marry the first drunk across the threshold !

By tradition the First Foot should be tall, handsome and bear gifts of food, drink and a lump of coal to symbolise that he wishes that house will have enough to eat, drink and be warm for the year.

Although I do like the Native American idea too, perhaphs we could burn pictures of any politicial who fail to live up to their promises in the past year.....

On second thoughts, perhaps not.... who could put that fire out ????

Lela (author) from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on November 15, 2010:

If you used your chain saw to cut them up first, you might could burn them. I wonder if it gets rid of DNA evidence? But it would be easier to bury the ashes, LOL!

Audrey Kirchner from Washington on November 15, 2010:

Could I burn up some people I don't like? Probably not a good idea though....that is a new thought on New Year's though.

BJ's idea may have some merit too!

Thanks for sharing traditions I had no idea about either!

Paula from The Midwest, USA on November 15, 2010:

I didn't know about the fire traditions and New Years Eve. Thank you for sharing this! I have long known about the black eyed peas tradition though, and love that with honey and cornbread!

drbj and sherry from south Florida on November 15, 2010:

What a great way to celebrate the New Year. First, find the east side of your host's home where the money has been placed for good luck. Second, wait for everyone to be inside burning their "bridges." Third - Scoop up all the money you find and take that postponed vacation - NOW! :)

Katie McMurray from Ohio on November 15, 2010:

I love it, love the fire and this is a must add to new years eve parties and fun. There is something inspiring and magical about a fire I can so understand what a great moment this could be and timely to reflect and look forward. Well Done :)

Lela (author) from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on November 14, 2010:

Now you can do two ceremonies at the same time, Gus! That's a great idea.

Gustave Kilthau from USA on November 14, 2010:

Hi Lela (Austinstar) - When I was a kid it was a custom to burn the Christmas tree on New Year's night.

Gus :-)))

Lela (author) from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on November 13, 2010:

I can just imagine how careful you would have to be!

Christopher Antony Meade from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom on November 13, 2010:

Where I come from in Ireland there is a custom called "First Footing". It means if you are single that the first person that you enters your house on New Year's morning is the person you are destined to marry. It means that you have to be very careful who you let in.

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