What’s the Big Deal with a New Year’s Kiss?

What’s the deal with the New Year’s kiss? apparently it’s not just who you kiss but why and how.
According to English and German folklore the first person you encounter in a new year and the nature of this encounter sets the tone for the rest of the year. It’s about strengthening ties. But not just any kiss! If a couple doesn’t lock lips according to the tale, it’s not good a sign. By the way, not kissing anyone does not signal a year of loneliness.

Only families will be exchanging kisses for the Brits and the Aussies.  Because of social distancing, their governments are enforcing social distancing to the point of reminding them this means no kissing anyone outside your household.