Why You Shouldn't Do the Dishes on January 1st

Henrik Rothen

Jan.01 - 2024 8:55 AM CET

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Why You Shouldn't Do the Dishes on January 1st.

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There's a good reason you shouldn't do the dishes today. According to an old superstition, engaging in such chores on January 1st brings bad luck. If there's any truth to this, it's naturally best to wait until January 2nd. Otherwise, it should have been done yesterday, as reported by Nyheder24.dk.

There are several superstitions, myths, and old tales suggesting that any form of cleaning or tidying up should be avoided on January 1st.

One belief states that doing laundry on the first day of the year will 'wash away a loved one,' meaning you might lose a friend or family member if you do laundry today. Another warns that washing clothes or dishes on January 1st will simply 'wash away good fortune.' The same applies to sweeping or vacuuming your floors, as it's believed to 'sweep away luck and happiness.'

Moreover, emptying your trash bins and throwing out the garbage bag can also bring bad luck, so it's advisable to refrain from doing so.

Allegedly, removing things from your home can lead to the disappearance of prosperity.

Furthermore, there's an old myth that what you do on the first day of the year reflects the rest of your year.

Therefore, if you choose to spend January 1st cleaning and doing dishes, you can expect the remaining 364 days of the year to be filled with hard and tedious work, which is undoubtedly undesirable​