The new year brings a bundle of new expectations, promises, and hopes. Many people want to enter the new year and have a fresh start filled with positivity and good luck. I doubt anyone wants to enter a new year with misfortune or bad luck. If you agree and want to have good luck this year, be sure to avoid the following New Year’s activities.
You may have heard about some of these New Year’s superstitions before and some may be new to you. Superstitions are tricky because no one really knows what to believe for certain. We’ll leave that bit up to you.
Below we present you with several of the most well-known New Year’s superstitions surrounding New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
Do Not Clean Your House On New Year’s Day
No one knows for certain where this one started, but many strong theories place its origins in China. According to this superstition you are supposed to skip cleaning, particularly sweeping on New Year’s Day. Wind up all your house work the day before the new year.
Washing dishes, doing laundry, dusting, sweeping, vacuuming, etc., are all parts of cleaning. Be sure to avoid all cleaning on New Year’s Day.
According to another superstition, you should clean your home thoroughly one day before New Year’s Eve. These two seem to go hand-in-hand. By doing this, your house will not carry any garbage from the previous year into the new year. Hence, take out all the dirt and let the good luck get in!
There is a contradictory superstition from Brazil that encourages people to wear white and do laundry on New Year’s Day. Maybe you’re safe to wash a necessary load or two on New Year’s if you’re wearing white.
Do Not Take a Bath On New Year’s Day
Another moderately well-known superstition suggests not bathing on New Year’s Day. It is thought that taking a bath or shower can wash away all of your good luck. Perhaps good luck sticks better if you haven’t showered too?
Several cultures make reference to this superstition and it likely originated in Korea or China. I guess I’ll be bathing on New Year’s Eve to avoid this one.
Do Not Take Down Your Christmas Tree
According to this superstition taking down your Christmas Tree on December 31st is a absolute no-no. The thought is that it can associate you with misfortune throughout the upcoming year. For some cultures New Year celebrations last a full week. If you take your tree down during the celebrations you can cut down on the luck coming your way. I guess I better get my tree down by December 30 this year.
Avoid Entering New Year With Empty Cupboards
Buying groceries before New Year’s Day is extremely necessary. Those who adhere to this superstition believe that your condition on New Year’s Day decides your state for the rest of the year. Not having essential groceries at home can bring you poverty or emptiness.
Fill your kitchen cabinets with all the essentials. Be as generous as you can as it will bring money and prosperity in the upcoming year. If you are reading this before the new year, check your cabinets. Make a quick grocery run if things are looking sparse.
Avoid an Empty Wallet
A similar superstition to having full cupboards, this one calls for a full wallet. Believers feel that a full wallet will bring wealth and good fortune for the upcoming year. This one is specific to cash and not credit or debit cards. If you want more wealth carry that cash on New Year.
Avoid Eating Winged Fowl
You can avoid bad luck by avoiding eating certain things. Eating anything with wings is strongly discouraged on New Year’s night or day. The logic behind the superstition is quite interesting. People believe that your good luck might fly away if you eat anything with wings.
The reasoning here is all in what winged fowl may eat. Chicken and turkey may eat insects, which can, in turn, prove to be bad for your luck. So, it is better to compromise a single day than suffer 365 days.
Chicken lovers may find this superstition very irritating. No late runs for chicken nuggets this New Year’s Eve, even if you get that after party craving.
This also means no chicken nuggets on New Years Day. No one tell my kids-they’ll be devastated.
Do Not Loan Anything On New Year’s Day
Once again, your New Year’s Eve and the following day reflect your entire year. Borrowing or loaning anything on new year’s day won’t help your luck and may even encourage bad luck.
You will likely spend your new year in debt if you borrow on New Year’s Day, which also signals poverty and scarcity.
Moreover, do not pay your bills on New Year’s Day. Save your chores for a few days or complete every task before New Year’s Eve. Spending on New Year’s Day is not encouraged. It means that you will most likely live your upcoming year spending a lot or overspending.
In Portugal it is considered bad luck to argue on New Year’s Day. If you argue on New Year, you’ll risk arguing all year long.
No thanks. To have a peaceful year we’ll follow this simple advice.
There are numerous superstitions associated with New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Even if you find these superstitions pointless, it’s better to avoid the risk. Heed them as a warning and go into your New Year with all of the good luck you can find.