A traditional Irish blessing for the New Year is, "In the New Year, may your right hand always be stretched out in friendship but never in want." This is a roundabout way of wishing friends a prosperous coming year that is free of trouble.
It is traditional to wish others a Happy New Year with a blessing of some kind, usually one that indicates the giver's desires for them for the coming year. People from around the world have celebrated the New Year for at least four millennia, according to History.com.
One of the more common blessings for the coming year is contained within the song Auld Lang Syne, the lyrics of which were written by Scottish poet Robert Burns, notes Scotland.org. This popular song, sung around the world, commemorates friendship while also saying goodbye. It is traditional for New Years because of its bittersweet nature, as it is saying goodbye to an old year and welcoming a New Year of friendship and memories.
While the entire world celebrates New Years, there are different traditions and different blessings across the globe. Some common traditions include eating black eyed peas for good luck in the American South; wearing colorful undergarments in South and Central America; and eating 12 grapes at the stroke of midnight for good luck in Spain.