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WELSH SUPERSTITION

THE WELSH BELIEVE THAT THE FIRST PERSON TO COME INTO THE HOUSE
RIGHT AFTER MIDNIGHT ON NEW YEAR'S EVE TELLS OR PREDICTS THE LUCK
THE HOUSEHOLD WILL HAVE. IF A MAN COMES IN, THE HOUSE WILL HAVE
GOOD LUCK. A WOMAN MEANS BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment:

THE REASON HE KNOWS OF THIS CUSTOM IS BECAUSE A LADY ASKS HIM TO
WALK INTO HER HOUSE EVERY YEAR AT MIDNIGHT SO THAT SHE WILL HAVE
GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Keyword(s): ANTIFEMINISM ; SEXISM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Fixed DateFor specific dates, use the following system: F640.0101
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.42
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.42
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