Meaning: the first person one meets (either leaving or entering their house) after the start of the New Year.
Etymology: from a form of Gaelic known as Manx.
Usage in a sentence: “I hope my qualtagh is not a brother of Ron Weasley”
There are many superstitions surrounding the first person you meet on New Year’s Day. The Scottish believe that meeting a person with a darker complexion is lucky. Some believe that meeting a male person is luckier than meeting a female person. Qualtaghs bearing gifts are supposed to represent what the New Year will usher into your life.
I honestly don’t remember anything about New Year’s Day, except going to church in the morning, and coming back home and studying for the rest of the day. The next reason for getting out of the house was classes prelims. I, therefore, am making a very educated guess, that the first person I probably met was my classes friend. (“Look, she’s so smart, she could beat a mountain troll at a GK test.”~Fab)
So, who was your qualtagh this year? Go on, rack your brains, and comment! Also, spread the love by sharing this post with your qualtagh 🙂
Information sourced at Unused Words .
P.S.: I just realised that I have forgotten to mention that the qualtagh cannot be a family member, or someone who stays in the same house. (24th April 2016)