Romanian people are quite religious and we like to keep traditions and superstitions just as our grandparents taught us. I don’t believe in superstitions, but I think they are a nice way to keep the traditions of a culture going. There are many superstitions about
new year’s eve that are common for other cultures as well; you will find them in different forms in other Eastern European countries as well.
1. Wear something red
It’s said that red colour will bring you good luck and will keep you away from evil spirits. You also are supposed to wear new clothes to welcome the new year properly.
I think this tradition is quite common among other European countries as well.
2. Make noise to drive away evil spirits
That’s why we have fireworks.
In the past, in the countryside, whips were used to make noise. You’re supposed to let the windows open at midnight if you want evil spirits to be banished from your home.
3. Carry rice & money in your pockets at midnight
It’s believed that rice & money will bring you prosperity during the new year.
4. Don’t clean up around the house
That’s a great superstition! You don’t have to clean up around the house on the 31st of December and 1st of January; you will throw away your luck together with the dust and garbage.
5. Be careful who visits you
If the first person who visits you on the 1st of January is a brunette man, it will bring good luck. It’s believed that blonde or redheaded women bring bad luck. Sorry girls.
Romania is more than just Dracula’s legend. We have lots of beautiful traditions (and weird) and beliefs and we like to keep them alive.
What superstitions about New Year’s Eve do you have in your country, do they look like the Romanian ones? Please share them with me in the comments down below or on social media.
Happy New Year!