In many cultures pomegranates symbolize friendship, loyalty, innocence, purity, success and power or nature and fertility, but in Greece, the smashing of a pomegranate on New Year’s Eve is a traditional custom with another meaning. Tradition has it that a few minutes before midnight on 31st December of every year, the family switches off the lights and the house remains dark. This is to say farewell to the year that is ending. When the clock strikes midnight, all lights come back on and the owner of the house throws the pomegranate. The fruit must roll on the floor until it bursts open and the red seeds are revealed. The more seeds scattered, the luckier and more prosperous the year will be. The smashing of a pomegranate is said to make evil spirits flee from the house and bring good luck, good health, longevity and above all a better life with positive energy.
The pomegranate is found in almost every culture and mentioned in Greek Mythology, Ancient Egyptians, Middle Ages, Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Buddhism. Due to its rich history and symbolism, the pomegranate is presented in modern culture in everything from art to jewelry, textiles and other artifacts or gifts that particularly give a festive touch. A valuable plant with blessed fruit of inner and outer beauty, sometimes an emblem, that when hanged at a threshold it is believed to bring good luck, abundance and prosperity to the home and its owner.
If you have not smashed a pomegranate during the New Years Eve you still have time to do it within January!