Irish New Years Traditons Banging bread on the walls – Ireland Time to start preparing the Bread for New Years Eve !!! Among many cultures around the world there is a beleif that making a lot of noise at the stroke of midnight scares away evil spirits and bad luck. An unusual way to ring in the New Year is the Irish tradition of banging Christmas bread on the walls and doors of the family house at midnight. The banging frightens away bad spirits and bring good luck into the house. The bread is said to bring abundance and ensure that the households has plenty of bread and food during the coming year