Old New Year is celebrated on the night of January 13-14. It is most often celebrated by the former countries of the USSR and in some places in Japan and Switzerland. What is sowing and how do we sow for the Old New Year: - Our grandfathers and great-grandfathers did it this way: at dawn on January 14, young guys went to sow grain to their godfathers, close relatives, and acquaintances. According to popular beliefs, on the old New Year, a man was supposed to be the first to enter the house - it was believed that this would bring happiness to the house for the whole next year. The sowers wished everyone a Happy New Year and wished wealth and abundance with special sayings. In response, the owners presented them with pies, sweets and other sweets. It was believed that money should not be given to the sowers - with them one could give well-being in the house.
Sowing for the old New Year involves the use of mittens that are filled with grain. This is not necessarily only wheat, but, for example, rye, barley. Instead of mittens, you can use fabric pouches or make your own. You will need two bags - one will contain your grain, and in the other you will put sweets, money and everything that the owners of the house will give you.
Sowing in Ukraine is like this: A company in Ukrainian folk costumes comes into the house. They hold bags of grain in their hands. They scatter grain around the room while singing short songs. Most often, the first phrase of such songs sounds: "I sow, I blow, I sow, Happy New Year!" You can come up with your own continuation of this song, which will be suitable specifically for each member of the family in which you plan to arrange sowing for the old New Year.