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Tradition dictates which New Year’s Eve underwear color to wear in Spain to ensure romantic luck and love in the coming year. Think you know which hue to sport under your shorts to ring in a passion-filled New Year? Take a guess from the options below and then scroll down to learn more about this curious Spanish custom!

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What is the New Year’s Eve underwear color of choice in Spain?

a) Pink
b) White
c) Red
d) Yellow
e) Black

(Scroll down for the answer….)

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)

Pink

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.

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

White

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. 😉

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)

Yellow

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.

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)

Black

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.

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)

New Year’s Eve Underwear Color in Spain: Red!

The answer is c) red. Sporting this spicy New Year’s Eve underwear is supposed to add zip to your love life, according to Spanish tradition. 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, then you’re in luck because red underwear can be found for sale everywhere in this country during the holiday season. Apparently, Spanish retailers want to be sure everyone enjoys a passionate, love-filled New Year!

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

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Comments
  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. I had no idea that the color of your underwear means anything. This is such fascinating information!

  5. khoingn | The Broad Life says

    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.

  6. This is so interesting, I had no idea that this piece of clothing could bring good luck in the New Year.

  7. Pati Robins says

    oh wow i did not know that ! i be wearing pink and yellow for sure

  8. 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!

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

  10. Blair villanueva says

    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).

  11. 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.

  12. Erik the Hungry Traveller says

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

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