Among the various superstitions surrounding the advent of the New Year is the nearly mandatory practice of noisemaking at midnight on New Year’s Eve.
Now looked upon as mere revelry, it once was considered protection against evil spirits, who would be scared off by all of the noise.
Whistling, however, is strictly taboo; to whistle is to converse with the devil or invite him in. Sailors, actors and actresses, and miners are particularly cognizant of the ill luck associated with whistling. On board ship, whistling is thought to raise a storm. In the theatre, it is believed to close the show prematurely. For miners, it is a sign of alarm.
A whistling girl and a crowing hen,
Always come to no good end.
Now let's start this day off right with some fresh, hot coffee. OK, my friend?