What color New Year’s Eve underwear brings luck in Spain?

Spanish tradition dictates which New Year’s Eve underwear color to wear. Which color should you wear to bring luck and love in the New Year? The answer is red! But that’s not the only hue to wear to change your fortune according to different cultures. Read on to learn which color to wear at the strike of midnight on December 31st!


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Red for Luck in Love in Spain

Sporting this spicy underwear is supposed to add zip to your love life. Since you’re ringing in a New Year, your red underpants should be new, too.

Don’t have a pair to spare? If you’re visiting Spain during this holiday, worry not because red underwear can be found for sale everywhere in this country during the holiday season. Apparently, Spanish retailers want to ensure everyone enjoys a passionate, love-filled New Year!

In Spain, revelers wear red underwear on New Year's Eve
In Spain, revelers wear red panties on New Year’s Eve (Photo credit: Nik_Merkulov, Depositphotos.com)

Pink for Romance in South America

Some say wearing pink underwear on December 31 is sure to bring luck in love in the New Year. Those people, however, are not Spanish. This rosy hue is preferred on this festive evening in South American countries like Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil.

Argentinians wear pink underwear for good luck in love in the New Year
Argentinians wear pink underwear for good luck in love in the New Year (Photo credit: belchonock, Depositphotos.com)

White for Purity

The color white represents purity and innocence. If that’s what you’re looking for in your New Year, then by all means put on a pair of white panties…you prude. 😉

White represents purity and innocence (Photo credit: klavdiyav, Depositphotos.com)

Yellow for Wealth in Latin America

In some Latino cultures, wearing a fresh pair of yellow underwear on New Year’s Eve is said to usher in wealth and prosperity. That’s because yellow (and gold) represent money.

The gold-hued underpants, however, must be received as a gift for them to work their sunny magic. Countries that adhere to this golden underwear rule include Peru, Chile, Ecuador, and Mexico.

Yellow underpants bring good luck and wealth in the New Year
Yellow underpants bring good luck and wealth in the New Year (Photo credit: Stuartbur, Depositphotos.com)

Black for Bad Luck

Black lingerie may be sexy the rest of the year, but whatever you do, don’t wear black underthings on New Year’s Eve. This gloomy New Year’s Eve underwear is sure to bring you bad luck in the year to come.

Don't wear black underwear on New Year's Eve
Don’t wear black underwear on New Year’s Eve (Photo credit: margostock, Depositphotos.com)

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At midnight, revelers eat 12 grapes at the stroke of midnight in Spain for good luck in the New Year
At midnight, Spanish celebrators eat 12 grapes at the stroke of midnight for good luck in the New Year

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  1. This was such a fun trivia! didnt know these superstitious belief exists. And it does nit hurt if you observe such!

  2. Wow! I had no idea its pink. Do this apply to men too? Haha!

    Anyway, I agree with you that we should not wear black on
    New Year as we believe this attracts negative vibes.

  3. Wow this is an interesting! But it does makes sense especially if you have PLANS after the New Year’s Eve party. Seriously, I never wear one and it works on me (*wink, wink).

  4. Nice trivia! I didn’t know such tradition exists in Spain and also for the other countries mentioned. 😁 Colors indeed can represent many things! 😜

  5. I have never heard of this custom! Lol!! what a fun way to plan for the new year! I have to share this fun custom with some of my friends!

  6. Haha, this post is really interesting. But I think red underwear will be the choice in many countries not just Spain, especially in many Asian countries.

  7. I’ll have to keep better track of what color underwear I’m wearing. I feel like pink or yellow are good colors to be wearing on New Year’s eve.

  8. Oh, that was such an interesting read! I love learning about new cultures and the things that they do. I guess I should bust out my pink undies for the new year.

  9. Oh wow. You really do learn something every day. I had no idea that lucky underwear was anything outside of superstitious sports fans. That was a really interesting read.