Garden and Yard: 13 Superstitions for a Happy New Year
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December 28, 2013

13 Superstitions for a Happy New Year



kissing under the moonlight

New Year’s Eve can be a time of reflecting back on the previous year and looking forward to the New Year with new hopes and possibilities. There are superstitions that show us there are certain actions we can take on New Year’s Eve and on New Year’s Day to ensure good health and prosperity for the coming New Year.

Legend has it that these 13 New Year superstitions can bring you prosperity, good health and good fortune in the New Year.

  1. Eating black-eyed peas and greens. I think many of us have done this on New Year’s Eve. Eating black-eyed peas are supposed to bring good luck and financial prosperity. You are to eat the black-eyed peas with greens for prosperity. The peas represent good luck and the greens represent money.

  1. Nothing goes out of the house on New Year’s Day, or you will lose items or be in need during the upcoming year. Don’t take out the trash or food or anything, if the trash needs emptying, do it before midnight on New Year’s Eve or on January 2nd. If you have food or gifts to take somewhere on New Year’s Day, have it outside in the car or at their house already.

  1. Kiss someone dear to you at midnight, this will ensure affection for the next year. This can also include kissing a beloved pet, like your dog or cat.

  1. Don’t cry on New Year's day, this could bring unhappiness for the next year. So don’t cry even if your favorite football team loses in a bowl game. Be upbeat and happy as well to ensure happiness during the New Year.

  1. Do not wash clothes on New Year’s Day. The dirty clothes can wait until January 2nd. And to take an extra precaution, don’t even wash the dishes on New Year’s Day, so make sure you have plenty of paper plates.

  1. Make sure your cupboards are not bare. Fill up the cupboards before New Year’s Eve. Making sure you have full cupboards ensures you will have plenty during the New Year.

  1. Money. Make sure you have money in your wallet or purse on New Year’s Eve to ensure you will have plenty of money during the New Year. Also, do not lend money or precious items and do not pay back loans either on New Year’s Day. To do so means you will be paying out money all year long.
Money in wallet
photo by Chris Potter

  1. Open the doors at midnight as this will let out all the bad from the previous year. Now that’s an easy one to do unless it’s 30 below out, and will let out all of the bad allowing the good to come in on New Year’s Day.

  1. Make some noise. This will scare away the evil spirits from entering your life in the next year. I like this one, it makes sense and it can be fun, but you need to be careful though since too much loud noise and the cops might show up, and that might not be so good for the New Year. Banging some pots and pans and a yell or two.

  1. Don’t break anything. You should try very hard to not break anything. And if you’re like me, this is another good reason not to do the dishes on New Year’s Day.
cooking black eyed peas
Cooking black eyed peas / George Kelly


  1. If possible, try and do something that is work related on New Year’s Day, just a small amount or a token amount of work, even if you are not at work. This superstition will ensure that you will have plenty of work for the New Year.

  1. The first person entering your home superstition is about how the first person who enters your home in the New Year will influence the year you’re about to have. Ideally, this person should be tall, dark and good looking. There are various themes, but this is a real superstition, even though it sounds like it came out of an old Cosmo magazine article.

  1. Which way the wind blows. There isn’t a lot we can do about the weather, but superstition tells us that if the wind is out of the south there will be prosperous times ahead. The wind out of the east means famine and calamities and out of the north means a bad year for weather. A little odd, but a west wind means plenty of milk and fish and calm winds means a prosperous and joyful year for all.
It can’t hurt to try a few of these superstitions on New Year’s Eve and on New Year’s Day. If you believe they are going to work, they just might.


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13 Superstitions for a Happy New Year

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