One common moving superstition is avoiding doing the job on Friday. Like skipping the thirteenth floor or knocking on wood, it’s a tradition held by people for reasons they can’t quite explain. Where did this belief come from, and what does it mean?
Why Is It Bad Luck To Move On Friday?
The belief in Canada, the United States, and other “Western” countries that Fridays are bad luck comes from anxieties about Fridays in general. It’s not only for those with triskaidekaphobia, which is the fear of Friday the 13th. People have had a negative outlook on Friday since at least the Middle Ages, and Geoffrey Chaucer wrote in The Canterbury Tales that it was bad luck to start a journey on Friday. This may come from Biblical tradition which says that the crucifixion of Jesus occurred on Good Friday.
Superstitions are only as good as our belief in it, but many trust them because they want to have a sense of control over difficult situations. This belief in a supernatural force like fate, one that deals out good and bad fortune, helps people understand their daily frustrations and annoyances. It’s hard to pinpoint an origin for the Friday superstition, but it might come from homeowners feeling that they will never fully settle into their new home if they move on this day.
While our team loves what they do, moving can be full of frustration for a family trying to do the job themselves. Packing, loading, unloading and unpacking all can be tedious, difficult work, even more so if you’re doing it alone or with small children in tow. It only makes sense that superstitions develop around this big job, and avoiding Fridays is far from the only one.
Are There Any Other Moving Superstitions?
Along with moving into a new house on Fridays, some people think that both Saturdays and rainy days are also unlucky. This doesn’t work for a lot of families because Fridays and Saturdays are often the best chance they’ll get to schedule the move around their job, but it goes back to that feeling of not being able to settle down. You could always try what they do in India, where the traditional moving day of good luck is Thursday.
Many cultures have unique moving superstitions. According to Jewish tradition, it’s good luck to bring bread and salt into the home before anything else. Bread is a staple that symbolizes life, and salt, which never spoils, symbolizes permanence. The Chinese tradition of Feng Shui holds that homeowners shouldn’t take their old brooms to their new home. Practitioners believe they bring old dirt and negativity to the new home, and homeowners should toss their old brooms and purchase new ones to get a truly fresh start.