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Friday, December 26, 2014


Although many of us do not admit to it, we do believe or follow some superstition at one time or another.

Knock on wood?  

I do, usually have to resort to knocking on my head, the universiality of plastics you know.

Have you known people to stop a dog from howling to prevent death or 

to get married on a rainy day to insure a long and happy marriage?

 New Year’s Eve also has its fair share of strange myths and weird superstitions 

that are followed by many around the world. 

Here are a few:

1. No sweeping on New Year’s day.  

They say that it is an ominous act and can sweep away the good luck of the entire family.

Well, why not? Anything that keeps you from the nasty chore of cleaning is welcome, right?

 2. Wearing new clothes on New Year's Eve.

 They believe that it ensures a constant supply of new clothes for the whole year to jazz up the wardrobe.

 3. No empty pockets
There are people who insist that one should take care to avoid wearing a dress with empty pockets on New Year’s Eve 

since it may be a sign of very low or no income in the year to come.

4. Say no to chicken
If you cook any chicken dish on New Year’s day, you will have monetary troubles for the rest of the year.
So now you know who is responsible for all your financial troubles this year… 

Colonel Sanders!

5. Don’t do laundry
They say that if you do your laundry, you will certainly wash off your luck or will face a year of hard work. 

Even more ominous, doing laundry on this day is also associated with facing a family member’s death.
 What can I say? These myths sound like work-relieving fun to me!

6. Don’t cry, honey!
The wise men (and women) say that one should not be miserable on this day and neither should one cry because that depression will follow you in the year to come.

So, wipe away those tears and be happy! After all, it is a new beginning.

7. Be Scrooge on New Year's Eve!

You should not give your cash, ornaments, precious items or other valuable things to anyone

 on the first day of the year because it may be a sign that wealth will be flowing out in the entire year. 

So, hang on to your cash until January 2nd!

8. Make noise and hang a lemon at New Year's Eve.

Have you ever wondered why there are fireworks on New Year’s Eve? 

It is to scare away the evil spirits and evil thoughts. 

Even hanging a lemon in the doorway helps in warding off bad spirits.

* The First Foot of New Year has a whole post coming soon here. 

Do you know of any New Year's Eve superstitions?


  1. Some of these I knew, and some are new (to me). I have vague memories about the importance of the first person to step inside your door at the New Year...
    Like you, I knock on my head for wood.
    Happy New Year.

  2. I don't know any other superstitions about New Year's and didn't know the ones you mentioned. I'm not a believer in omens and superstitions, but they're interesting.


  3. Elephant's Child:
    See? We are alike in another way. How neat. Happy New Year to you, too! :-)

    Being a writer of fantasy, I love to read of superstitions. I only knock on the wood of my head though!! :-)

  4. Hi Roland - Happy belated Christmastide ... unicorns and Ratatoskr ... aside - they give us all good thoughts ... I certainly didn't know most of these .. but not doing much on New Year's Day re housekeeping suits me fine - now I've a good excuse to buy some new clothes ... and yes, my head is often knocked upon ... need all the luck I can get - wooden or otherwise ... hope all is well and you're not working too hard ... cheers Hilary

  5. I think I've done all those things. Except wear a dress of course. And I've never hung a lemon.

  6. Hilary:
    Yes, Ratatoskr is still mad that he didn't get to ride the unicorn! LOL. We both now have excuses not to do house work and to buy new clothes! How neat is that! HAPPY NEW YEAR!

    No dresses for me either! But those empty pockets in my jeans bode no good for the New Year!!

  7. I'm not at all superstitious, but these were interesting. Like the idea of not doing chores! Happy New Year Roland!

  8. Denise:
    If it will get me out of doing chores, I will "fake" being superstitious!! :-)