Christmas & New Year's Superstitions in Romania

  • Misletoe sprigs placed on Christmas and New Year's celebration table bring good luck.
  • It brings bad luck to wear new shoes on Christmas day.
  • A clear sky on Christmas day announces a fruitful year.
  • If it's windy on Christmas day it announces bad luck.
  • It's not good to knit, to sew and to wash clothes between Christmas and New Year.
Postcard: Brasov's Council Square in winter
Postcard: Brasov's Council Square in winter
  • The object that you keep in your hand at midnight on New Year's, or the one that you put your hand on immediately after the clock strikes 12 midnight, will be the most important plan of your life in the coming year.
  • If at midnight on New Year's you have money in your hand, the year will be lucky in terms of money; if you hold your love's hand, you'll have a happy year in terms of love; if you have the glass in your hand, it will be a joyful year.
  • The wish made at midnight on New Year's is likely to be fulfilled.
  • It brings bad luck to hang the calendar on the wall before the new year begins.
  • It brings bad luck to change the calendar tab before the day or the month ends.
  • It brings bad luck to enter into the new year without any money in your pocket, it's good to have money (especially new bills) in each wallet.
  • If you have debts when entering the new year, you'll have debts all that year.
  • The first person that comes into your home on the first day of the new year will influence the whole year; blond and redheaded people bring bad luck, people with brown hair bring good luck.
  • The first person that knocks or buzzes into your door must be welcomed into your home; if the first person that enters the house is a woman - it will be a bad year, if it's a man - it will be a lucky year.
  • You shouldn't throw anything from the house on the first day of the new year, not even garbage. It's good if something or someone enters your house on the first day of the new year, not if it gets out. If you do something symbolic that is directly related to your job on the first day of the new year, the whole year will be good at work.
  • Don't wash anything on the first day of the new year.
  • The first day of the new year should find your home sparklingly clean, so it's advised to clean even the most hidden corners before the new year comes.
  • Wear something new on January 1st, do not break anything on the first day of the new year.
  • Don't cry on the first day of the new year.
  • Be as noisy as possible at midnight on New Year's to ward off the evil spirits (bells, firecrackers, etc.).
  • Do not borrow money or get into debts on January 1st, it's a bad sign if you break something on the night of New Year's.
  • It's a bad sign to sneeze on the night of New Year's.
  • It brings good luck to eat pork or lentils on the night of New Year's.
  • The new year will be bright and good if you leave a lamp or a candle lit by daylight.
  • On the morning of January 1st place silver coins in the water your family washes with.
  • It's advised to dress in red on New Year's eve.
  • Do not swear or use bad words on New Year's eve.
  • Leave the doors, windows, closets open on New Year's eve; what you do on the day of New Year's eve, you will do it the whole next year.
  • If you bath on the Christmas day, you'll stay clean and fresh the whole year.
  • If you eat apples on Christmas' eve, you'll be healthy the whole year.
  • Children born on Christmas or New Year's day are lucky.
  • Source: gandul.info.

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