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10 New Year’s superstitions


A kiss and a toast might be the most well-known traditions used to start the New Year off right, yet lurking in the corners of our oh-so-rational culture are some superstitions of which you may not be aware. Annika Harris of the Frisky helps make sure your year is guaranteed to be one of plenty when it comes to everything but unfortunate accidents.

Stock Up: You should stock up on food and money. Cupboards and refrigerators should be full of food, so you won’t go hungry in the new year. Also (and this is a biggie in my family): every person should have money on their person, whether in a wallet or pocket. This is obviously to ensure you have some paper for the rest of the year.

The First Footer: The first person to enter your home after the stroke of midnight will determine what kind of year you have, and the superstition says that person should be of the male variety. Blondes and redheads apparently bring bad luck (sorry, Prince Harry), while a woman who walks across your threshold first will bring disaster down on your household. (My mom has actually denied me entry to our home until a man crossed our doorstep.) Men with flat feet, unibrows, and crossed eyes are also bad news. This special first person (called “The Lucky Bird”) shouldn’t use a key even if he is a member of the household. He should ceremoniously knock and be let in.

Do Laundry Another Day: On a more morbid note, don’t do laundry on New Year’s Day because superstition says that you’ll “wash away” a family member—i.e., uh, cause their death—in the upcoming year.

Get Loud: You have to make as much noise as possible at midnight because you’re not only celebrating, but you are also scaring evil spirits away.

Hey, any excuse not to do laundry.

Full story at The Frisky.

Luck for the New Year.

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  • misereable

    I wish this was all true, but i don’t know.

  • Lisa

    What about drying laundry done the night before