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Why you shouldn't laugh and wash your head on Friday: the essence of the superstition

Alina MilsentLife
Superstitions about Friday

There are many folk signs associated with Friday. It has long been believed that on the last working day of the week, you shouldn't wash your hair, start knitting or sewing, organize a move, or laugh out loud.

Instead, Friday is favorable for relaxation, family evenings, conversations, and planning. OBOZREVATEL analyzed the essence of Friday superstitions.

What you can do on Friday

According to Orthodox tradition, Friday is a fasting day, so it's important to be restrained and moderate. According to beliefs, it is better not to make noise and have fun and to do hard physical labor in the morning. Our ancestors said that this joy could turn into tears.

But it is on Friday that they advise you to do a financial calculation, make an income and expense plan, and plan important purchases. It was said that this day is favorable for commercial affairs, so it was advised to open a new store or start another business on Friday, not on Monday.

You can transplant indoor plants, prepare fertilizers for them, and clean them from dust. You should take time for yourself - go to the store, beauty salon, or massage.

In the evening, the ideal option is to get together with your family or go to visit close friends. Pleasant conversations will relieve stress after a hard work week.

What not to do on Friday

It is better not to schedule business meetings on the last day of the week.

Girls in the old days were not advised to do needlework on Friday. Embroidery, sewing, or knitting should be postponed to another day of the week.

An interesting folk belief concerns head washing. Women, especially married women, were told that it was better not to wash their hair on Friday so as not to "wash all their relatives."

Gardeners and vegetable growers have long believed that it is better not to plant seedlings or potatoes on Friday, as it will not bring a rich harvest.

A new job, moving to a new home, or any drastic life changes on Friday might not be crowned with good luck, people said.

They even warned against changing the bed on Friday, as insomnia and nightmares could come.

Earlier, OBOZREVATEL told you why you shouldn't clean in the evening and what else you shouldn't do after sunset.

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