Red underwear on new years eve?!

Among many Italian traditions on New Year’s eve there is, like in America, the tradition of wearing red underpants.

According to tradition they should be received as a present and they should be thrown away the day after.

This custom has now been handed down for many years and it seems that it began during the Middle Ages.

new years eve red knickers

The colour red is a sigh of prosperity for the coming year.

Whereas Christmas is dictated by religion, the new coming year is all about superstition. The red colour represents the blood and the heart which indicates a person’s life and energy who basically wishes to remain alive through the new year. But it also represents your love life and your feelings. So the wish is also for good luck in your love life.

red knickers on new year's eve

I have been wearing red knickers for many years mainly for fun rather than superstition and as I couldn’t face throwing them away the day after I have now built quite a collection in my drawers! And.. in times of recession throwing away new underwear seems eccessive!

And you, will you be wearing sexy red underpants this year?

Red pants on new year's eve

A shop window selling red underpants

I wish all my readers a great 2017 and may all your wishes come true.

happy new year! Buon Anno

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8 Responses to Red underwear on new years eve?!

  1. la cucina di Molly

    Allora tutti in mutande rosse per augurarci un anno pieno di prosperità! Tanti Auguri di un felice e sereno Anno Nuovo, un abbraccio!

  2. Catherine

    Dear Alida, My mother always said to wear something red for luck.
    I never heard of this with the red underwear, but I will try it. lol why not?!
    I wish you a very happy and very blessed New Year.
    Catherine xo

  3. Dottie Sauchelli Balin

    Dear Alida, Felice Anno Nuovo to you and your family. Hope that 2014 will bring you happiness, prosperity, health, and love…Thanks for your post…I love to see what delicious foods you are creating next! This post is very interesting, I never knew that about the red underwear.With all the research I have done on Italian traditions for New Year’s, I never saw this one. Great tradition, I think I may have to try this one. I knew that the color red means prosperity, but you learn something new everyday! Enjoy! Blessings, Dottie 🙂

  4. Louise

    Happy New Year Alida!!! Oh my word, this is the first I am hearing of red underwear. Lentils yes, black-eyed peas yes but, underwear!!! I wouldn’t be able to throw them away the next day either, lol…

    Thank you so much for sharing, Alida. Your blog is such a delight. I look forward to my 2014 visits. A very Happy, Healthy and yes, prosperous New Year to You and Yours!!!

  5. Linda Brophy

    Happy new year! My new husband and I love all things italian! We got married this year in Bellagio, lake como…. I was looking for an italian new year tradition and came across the ‘red’ underwear for luck and fertility. But like you I could not think of throwing away! First visit to your website, I love it!

    • Alida

      Thank you Linda. Lake Como is a beautiful place. My parents got married there too! Thank you for your visit.

  6. Diana

    Ha, ha, ha! I love the red underwear tradition! I mean…in America…we have New Year’s resolutions….uggg….goals!…but in Italy??? Sexy red undies! I wanted to write about this too this year, but ran out of time! Great post! And I had no idea that you are supposed to throw them away the next day! The first time I learned about this tradition I was staying with my godmother in Rome and she had all of her husband’s clothes set out on the bed for the evening….and there they were….a pair of red underwear for my 6’1 uncle. Ha, ha, ha……what a sight! Anyway…again….what a great post!

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