New Year’s superstitions abound at the beginning of the year and leave some completely baffled.
We take a look at the claims of odds like why you shouldn’t wash your clothes on the first and last day of the year.
Is it bad luck to do the laundry on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Eve?
The superstitious among us claim that clothes should not be washed on January 1, with some traditions claiming that the pile of soiled clothes should remain the same from Christmas until New Year’s Day.
According to legend, washing your clothes these days can actually “wash a loved one away” – basically you can kill a relative just by washing your clothes.
In some cultures, it is also claimed that whatever a person does on the first day of the year he will do for the next 12 months, so doing any household chores will bring with him a year of hard work.
Others claim that doing any laundry or dishes at the start of the new year will wipe out all your luck.
Where did the myth originate?
It is not known where these strange superstitions originate, but what is most puzzling is that many people notice them.
Some of the more strict believers are known to avoid washing dishes during this time for fear that the superstitions will come true.
It is believed that this very superstition was observed especially in the southern states of the United States.
What other superstitions do we associate with New Year’s Eve and New Year’s day?
Some people strongly believe that you should not do any house cleaning or flicking on New Year’s Eve.
They say it is an ill-fated business and can take away the good luck of the whole family.
Others insist that you shouldn’t have empty pockets on New Year’s Eve because it could be a sign of low or no income in the coming year.
In some cultures, it has been insisted that nothing should leave your home on New Year’s Day, not even trash.
It is claimed that this is the guarantee that prosperity remains in the house.
It is claimed that if you remove anything from your home, you symbolically open the gates to loss all year long.
The number 8 in Chinese represents prosperity, so the superstitious claim that things should be done in the 80s on New Year’s Day to bring good luck.
Legend has it that we kiss in the middle of the night not only as a sign of affection but to ensure that our feelings for the other person will continue for the next twelve months.
It is also believed that in the middle of the night, you should make as much noise as possible to scare away the demon.
Some people have taken to Twitter to write about New Year’s laundry myths.
“I wonder if my mum would make her annual rounds inviting everyone to remind us not to do any laundry in New Years because we’re going to wash a loved one out of our lives,” one user wrote.
Some tweeted to remind others to get their chores done before the big holiday.
Another wrote, “Remember to wash your clothes now not in New Years or else you are washing someone in your life.”