Why I Don’t Do Laundry on Tuesdays & Fridays: Ridiculous Superstitions

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It’s April! Tomb Sweeping Festival is around the corner and so we are celebrating this month by talking about superstitions! Unfortunately for me it is another year where I am not able to be in Wisconsin taking care of my late Uncle’s grave.

When people in the West think of superstitions, especially America, usually it comes to black cats are evil and stepping on cracks while walking on sidewalks will break your mother’s backs. However, superstitions to me are more than that. Who I am as a person, I tend to adapt to some cultures easily, even superstitions.

To be honest, they’re kind of ridiculous. And I picked these up in my young adult years, following them even to this day.

How ludicrous can they be, you may ask?

Imagine an American woman who has European roots (but doesn’t identify as European) and randomly picked up some Bosnian and Chinese superstitions.

Bosnia is a small Eastern European country bordering Croatia and Serbia.

How do I list these in order in terms of absurdity?

Firstly, I want to talk about how I set my daily life around doing laundry and which days I should wash my clothes.

The two days I don’t do laundry are Tuesday and Friday.

The reason? Well, according to my Bosnian friends, if you do laundry on those days, you will open the portal to hell.

There is a story to this, I promise. So, one day when I was doing laundry during my undergraduate years, I had one of my Bosnian friends help me out. After doing some laundry, she asked me, “What day is it?”

“It’s Tuesday, why?” I replied.

“Well, just wondering.”

I was cooking on the stove, but thought it wasn’t on because my dorm kitchen was electric. So, I did something stupid and touched it with my hand. The result: I burned myself.

My friend told me after that she figured something bad was going to happen and she was right.

For over five years I haven’t done laundry on a Tuesday or a Friday. However, this isn’t the only Eastern European superstition I’ve picked up.

I have an irrational fear of spiders and even though I fear them, I do not want to kill a spider if I find one in my home. The reason? Well, according to some Bosnian superstitions, if you kill a spider, it is almost like killing your mother.

Lastly, a few Chinese superstitions I’ve picked up over the years are fearing the number four and not wearing white except for funerals. Also, I am weary of the seventh month of the Chinese lunar calendar because it is a time when “ghosts” are thought to wander around.

What ridiculous superstitions do you have?

Holly Hollins

Holly Hollins is an American from Michigan and currently a graduate student in Shanghai. Besides studying, she enjoys writing stories pertaining to WWAM couples and also LGBT themes. She is involved in the LGBT community in Shanghai and a member of Lesqueers. Holly also is a big advocate for autism and does professional presentations on the topic in China and in Michigan, USA.

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  1. In Romania we also have some weird superstitions:
    Never wash your hair on a Tuesday or else you will have bad luck. – never tried it, lol.
    Do not change the bedding on a Friday, or you will dream bad that night. – don’t remember what happened,and i’m sure i did.
    Never make payments on a Monday, or else you will give money all week. – i didn’t check this one out either.
    Every Tuesday has three hours of bad luck and people should be aware of it. – sometimes this is true.
    If you spill your coffee, you will receive money. – not true. it’s the opposite because it means i need more coffee for which i have to pay.
    Seeing an ambulance brings bad luck, unless you pinch your nose right away or hold your breath until you see a brown or a black dog. – there are way too many ambulances passing by under my window, and not enough black or brown dogs. holding my breath means i’ll will eventually need said ambulance LMAO

    i hope you have fun, but don’t take these too seriously. except the “3 hours of bad luck on Tuesday”. I’m not sure why..

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