The turning over of a new year holds many superstitions. These silly antics can include anything from the foods you eat to the normal activities you do each day. Let’s take a look at ten silly superstitions that relate to New Year’s Day.
Top ten most absurd New Year’s superstitions
- Dancing with the Open Air. To dance in the open air (especially round a tree) on New Year’s Day ensures luck in love, prosperity and freedom from ill health during the upcoming year.
- Stock up on everything. Make sure your pantries and wallets are fully stocked by the stroke of midnight. The more you have stocked, the better your life will be in the upcoming year.
- Pay off your debt. Beginning the new year with debt is a bad omen, so make sure all bills are paid and mailed before January 1 and also make sure you have taken care of your personal debts as well.
- Wear brand new clothes. Sporting that new sweater and jeans means receiving more new garments during the year. Red clothing is preferred for New Year’s Day since red is considered a happy colour and is sure to attract for the wearer a brighter future.
- Do not shed a tear. You should avoid breaking things or crying and wailing on the first day of the year (aka acting like a kid) if you don’t want to continue the pattern for the entire year.
- Be Nice. People say that one should behave nicely on New Year and must refrain from using foul language. Ghost stories and conversations on death should also be avoided.
- Letting the Old Year Out. At midnight, open all the doors of a house to let the old year escape unimpeded.
- Do not Wash Dishes or clothes. Washing dishes and doing laundry on New Year’s day is said to lead to a death in the family during the year. Many people do not even wash hair on New Year day.
- Make Noise. People believe that Satan and his followers hate din and loud noise; therefore, scare them away by being as loud in New Year celebrations as possible. Church bells are rung at midnight for the same reason.
- The Direction of Wind. The direction of wind during sunrise on New Year morning prophesies about the coming year. Wind from south foretells fine weather and prosperous times ahead while wind from north foretells bad weather. Wind blowing from east foretells natural calamities and wind from west foretells plenty of milk and fish for all but death of a person of great national importance. No wind means joy and prosperity throughout the year.
While some people adhere to the traditional New Year’s superstitions such as eating black eyed peas and collard greens, others take their superstitions to a whole new level. We call the group of superstitions absurd because these are either situations that are in our daily lives and we should already adhere to them regulary anyway, or they are just a bit far fetched.
Whatever your traditions and superstitions are for the New Year, just make sure to remember that plain old common sense will usually overpower luck in most situations.
What are your least and most favorite New Year’s superstitions?
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