The tradition is called a New Year's Tin and it is a way to try to predict the future. Finns have been doing this since the 18th century at least, but this form of fortunetelling was already known in the Ancient Rome. Nowadays it is harmless fun that people in the Nordic countries do. This custom is also known in Germany and in Austria.
What you need
- Tins shaped like a tiny horse shoe (it's actually a concoction of tin and lead to get a lower melting point, and the horse shoe signifies good luck). The diameter of a horse shoe is about 4 cm (1,6 inches) long.
- A scoop designed for this thing
- A stove or a fireplace
- A bucket filled with cool water
- A candle or a flashlight (optional, any good source of light will do)
How to do it
Put the tin into a small scoop. Then put the scoop on a hot stove or to the hot fireplace until the tin is melted.
Pick the tin from the water and now you are ready to find out what the coming year will bring to you!
|That's not my hand, btw. It's my lovely assistant (read: a close relative).|
We photographed these when I was visiting my family on Christmas.
- A ship or a plane means a travel.
- A bird is a sign of good luck.
- A crown or a key means success in your work.
- A ring will mean a wedding (not yours, necessarily).
- If the tin broke down into several small pieces, you'll be having a troublesome year.
- If there are blackened parts on the tin, it means bad luck and/or sorrows.
- If there is a lot of "scruffiness" in it, it means you'll get a lot of money.
Happy New Year, everyone!