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New Year's Superstitions

New Year's Superstitions Make Great Excuses to Be Lazy

New Year's Day superstitions seem to say one thing: be lazy. Whether you're a superstitious person or not, if you follow three (easy!) steps, well, I can't guarantee a lucky year, but I can say you're more than likely to have a peaceful day.

  1. Dirtiness Is Happiness: Doing laundry is a harbinger of death in the family, and some people take this superstition to the point of not doing dishes or any sort of cleaning. Why not make that person you? BTW, don't even think about taking out garbage or recycling, as you may "let the luck out of your house." There is one way out. Find a person to come inside and give you a gift. Superstition says something new must enter before anything old can leave.

  2. Less Is More: Do a bit of work (check your email?) and then stop. While a quick task is a token of career luck, engaging in a major project is said to end in disaster.
  3. Upset Nothing: Most of all yourself. Traditionally, New Year's Day sets the tone for the year, so there's no crying on New Year's. Also, touch nothing. Breaking something on this superstitious day foretells destruction and bad luck in the new year.

So, basically, stay in bed!

Source: David Levantis, Flickr User dml82

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Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 6 years
Never heard of these. For me, it's take down the x-mas Tree, put all x-mas decorations away, clean everything, rearrange the furniture back to normal, and make pork and sauerkraut for dinner. NYD is always crazy for me. I spent the whole weekend scrubbing my house clean for the new year - even cleaning the closets and polishing the wood baseboards. Now I can relax :-)
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 6 years
Never heard of these. For me, it's take down the x-mas Tree, put all x-mas decorations away, clean everything, rearrange the furniture back to normal, and make pork and sauerkraut for dinner. NYD is always crazy for me.I spent the whole weekend scrubbing my house clean for the new year - even cleaning the closets and polishing the wood baseboards. Now I can relax :-)
janneth janneth 6 years
You must eat pickled herring on NY Day. Then you will prosper that year. I ate it.
janneth janneth 6 years
You must eat pickled herring on NY Day. Then you will prosper that year.I ate it.
PinkNC PinkNC 6 years
I didn't clean anything but the kitchen. And I only left the house to put gas in my car and make a cash withdrawl. Other than that I didn't do much today.
jazzytummy jazzytummy 6 years
Spent the whole day cleaning, laundry, putting away decorations...now my house looks and smells clean for the first time in a few weeks. To me, great way to start the year!
jazzytummy jazzytummy 6 years
Spent the whole day cleaning, laundry, putting away decorations...now my house looks and smells clean for the first time in a few weeks. To me, great way to start the year!
msdecember msdecember 6 years
goodness.. i cried earlier today and i just broke a champagne flute while washing dishes from last night... !!!
sourcherry sourcherry 6 years
Lol, I've never heard of these! Well, I feel better about having procrastinated all day then!
chatondeneige chatondeneige 6 years
I'm going to take this tradition and run with it! That said, there's likely to be a death in the family whether I do laundry or not...
totygoliguez totygoliguez 6 years
In my culture is the opposite. Cleaning, specially before the new year, is very important. You want to start the new year clean, get ride of all the bad things and feelings that you had the last year.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 6 years
LOL SKG, me too! I did go to the gym and feel better now, but I was hurtin' earlier. I do plan on doing some cleaning today though. I can't start off the New Year with a messy house.
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