New Year's Day in Ireland also is known as the Day of the Buttered Bread. It's called "La na gCeapairi", Gaelic for “Day of the Buttered Bread” or “Day of the Sandwich”.
Irish tradition says buttered bread placed outside the front door symbolizes an absence of hunger in the household, and presumably for the year to come.
Barm Brack (a fruit bread) is baked especially to be smashed against the door by the man of the house, to banish hunger from the land in the new year.
It is also said to chase the bad luck out of a house and to invite good spirits in.
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