Years and years ago, I remember someone telling me that turning your calendar a page ahead was bad luck. If I’ve got a paper calendar anywhere (i.e., “Jewish dates to remember”), I will not pull off any extra dates in advance. I just can’t bring myself to do it, although it’s a stupid superstition.
Okay Google, is this superstition a real thing?
I found a few references to this calendar question. First, Libby, in a 2013 blog post, states: “I was about to flip my kitchen wall calendar to July and then realized it wasn’t yet July 1. BAD LUCK. Don’t want to tempt fate, after all! Do I really believe it is bad luck? I don’t THINK so, but nevertheless, I decided to wait.”
A long-time southern black superstition, it’s believed that it’s bad luck to look at a new calendar before the start of the new year. The bad luck warning tells me not to hang a new calendar before the new year, but you can certainly look at it. Other warnings tell me it’s unlucky to both hang a new calendar early and to turn a calendar page ahead before the new month or day.
One expert says that “the hanging or flipping a calendar’s page ahead of time brings the idea of bad luck to do anything in advance that predicts that certain things will happen. This action, according to some, will let the evil see what you have done and interfere to make bad things happen.” That’s exactly what I was thinking!
Which is correct?
Is it bad luck to advance your calendar a day or month ahead?
- Yes, because it means that you count on living into the next month and, who knows? You may not live to see that day.
- No, I was always told if I turned it ahead the day before, I would gain a friend. I still choose to believe this.