Why shouldn’t you do laundry between the years? Beware of bad luck and see how to bring good fortune!

Written by Kristiyana Burdeva

New Year’s Day is a time of reflection, celebration, and new beginnings. It’s also a time when people around the world engage in a variety of superstitious practices in order to bring good luck and prosperity in the year ahead. One of the most common superstitions concerns doing the laundry on New Year’s Day. I mean, no one likes to do laundry, am I right? But did you know that doing your laundry is possibly one of the last things you should do on the first day of the year!? There are many beliefs about how doing laundry between the years can result in misfortunes for you and those closest to you. Read up more about this and find out about New Year’s superstitions that will bring you good luck!

Why shouldn’t you do laundry between the years?

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The superstitious beliefs surrounding doing laundry between the years are quite common in many cultures across the globe. The superstition is based on the idea that if you do laundry on the first day of a new year, it will bring you a lot of bad luck throughout it. This is because for the believers, doing laundry on New Year’s Day means that you are washing away all the good luck from the previous year. This laundry superstition has been around for centuries, and is still believed by many today. What to read up on more reasons why you shouldn’t do laundry between the years?

You will have to work harder in the year ahead

It is believed that doing laundry on New Year’s Day will make this year harder for you when it comes to work. We all pay electrical and water bills, but sometimes when you have to wash more laundry than usual, the bills tend to be a little bit bigger. Hence, if you do laundry between the years, you will have to work harder in the year ahead to bring in the money to pay for your laundry necessities. Sounds kind of ridiculous, right? Still, let’s not risk it!

Doing laundry between the years can result in death

Yeah, I know it sounds pretty sinister. But unfortunately, there is such a belief surrounding doing your laundry on the first day of the new year. The explanation behind it is that when you wash laundry on New Year’s, you are washing for the those who have passed away. This can lead to you “washing away” a member of your family during the coming year. Thank you internet, now I have something to think about before going to sleep…

A new outfit on New year’s will bring more along

Instead of doing your laundry on New Year’s Day, why not wear a brand-new sparkly evening dress to increase the chances of getting more new and stylish clothes throughout the year?! The explanation here is that when you are sporting something new at the start of the year, you are attracting renewed and positive energy to yourself. And hence you are attracting new things as well! Things that you will want, like fashionable and expensive clothing. And look, I even managed to finish off these doing the laundry bad luck superstitions with something positive!

New Year’s Day superstitions concerning food

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Let’s now look at some popular superstitions that can bring you good fortune in the year to come!

One common superstition about New Year’s Day concerns eating black-eyed peas. It is said that doing so will bring luck and prosperity throughout the days to come. Some cultures believe that eating these legumes symbolizes coins and wealth. Others believe that the small, round shape of these peas represents coins.

Another common belief is that eating pork on New Year’s can bring you luck. This belief is rooted in the idea that pigs root forward and symbolize progress. Eating pork is thought to bring good luck and success in the coming year. So why not bake some pork chops this New Year?

In some countries, it is also believed that eating certain kinds of fish will bring prosperity and abundance. In Italy, for example, it is believed that eating eel on New Year’s Day will bring good luck and success. What do you think, wort the try?

That one special kiss at midnight on New Year’s

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You can’t tell me that you haven’t watched at lest 2 or 3 romcoms that don’t feature people in a hurry to seal their lips with someone at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s. This is possibly the most popular New Year’s Day superstition and practice! According to an old superstition, the first person you kiss on New Year’s Day will set the tone for your romantic life for the rest of the year. Some believe that the person you kiss will bring you luck, health, and happiness throughout the year. Already know who you are going to try this with?

Although all these superstitions are still believed by many, it is important to note that there is no scientific evidence to support these beliefs. So, if you want to do laundry on New Year’s Day, you can do so without worrying about bad luck. But if you are one of those people who throw salt behind their shoulder to ward off evil, better to play it safe!

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