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Why New Year’s Eve noisemakers scare away evil spirits

At the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve revelers will make a great deal of noise with various noisemakers. There are paper party horns, cranks, rattles, maracas, poppers, kazoos, et cetera. It only seems like exuberance. Yet there is folklore behind all this noise.

Supposedly loud noise scares away evil. If evil spirits are about they will flee! At the stroke of midnight, the witching hour, the spirit world is (supposedly) closest to the material world. And on New Year’s Eve the separation is even thinner then ever. Hence, the use of loud chaotic sound to send the spirit world running.

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