Unlucky Day

Unlucky Day is observed annually on December 31st, and it’s a day that encourages people to take control of their unlucky streak from the past year and turn it around in time for the New Year.

This holiday arose from the fact that you hear all kinds of people saying they’ve had an unlucky year and that they hope the New Year will be better. Now, there’s a holiday that gives them a way to change their luck.

Of course, there’s really no such thing as good or bad luck, but why take any chances? After all, a little bit of insurance for the New Year isn’t a bad thing—even if it’s only symbolic.

The History of Unlucky Day

According to its very definition, luck is the belief that defines the experience of improbable events, especially ones that are auspicious or unfortunate. Humankind has believed in luck ever since the beginning, and every single culture in the world has believed in luck to some degree.

The word luck came from a Middle High German word called “gelücke” and the Old Slavic word “lukyj.” Basically, these words mean “appointed by destiny.” At this moment in history, we’re unsure of when Unlucky Day was created. All that we know is that it’s been around for at least the past couple of years.

If anyone happens to know who invented this holiday or when it was invented, they can always drop a line to see if we can verify that information and include it with this article. Until that day happens, however, the origins of this holiday will continue to remain a mystery.

Some Quick Facts About Luck

Let’s talk about luck before we continue with our discussion of Unlucky Day. Does that sound good to you? If it does, then check out the following facts about luck below.

  • The four-leaf clover as a symbol of luck dates back to ancient times.
  • In Norse mythology, acorns were considered a symbol of good luck.
  • All over the world, the ladybug is seen as a lucky symbol.

Observing Unlucky Day

Unlucky Day can be observed simply by being a little more optimistic and looking forward to a better New Year. That’s all there is to it. There’s no secret ritual a person has to perform, no pleas made to deities, and it doesn’t require a person to buy something that is considered lucky (such as a rabbit’s foot).

All a person has to do is think about how they’re going to make the next 12 months better and then go out and do it. A person can also spread the word about this holiday using the hashtag #UnluckyDay on social media.

When is it?
This year (2024)
December 31 Tuesday
Next year (2025)
December 31 Wednesday
Last year (2023)
December 31 Sunday
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