In many cultures pomegranates symbolize friendship and loyalty, innocence and 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 and it is given another meaning. The tradition has it that a few minutes before midnight on 31st December of every year, the family switches off the lights and the house remain dark. This is to say farewell to the year that is ending. But when the clock strikes midnight, all lights come back and the owner of the house smashes a pomegranate. The fruit must roll on the floor until its red seeds are revealed. The more seeds scattered, the luckier and more prosperous the year will be. The smashing of a pomegranate will make evil spirits go away 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. Because it is so rich in 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 this 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!