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New Year’s in Your Underwear: NYE Underwear Traditions Around the World

It’s that time again — time to join a gym, pledge to quit drinking and manifest that this is (finally) your. Year. It’s #NewYearNewMe. It’s New Year’s Eve.

Whether you accomplished all your resolutions this year or gave up after a month, this time of year brings about feelings of reflection as well as a look at the future.

Around the world, people ring in the new year in unique ways that often have long-standing historical traditions tied to their culture and way of life. 

For example, if you’re looking to warn bad spirits off, do it the Denmark way and throw plates and dishes at the door of your loved one’s house. Want 2020 to be a year of jet-setting? Follow the Colombian tradition of walking around the block with an empty suitcase. 

One common tradition has emerged is the tradition of wearing specific types of underwear to bring about your desires for the new year. Read on to learn more about which undies you should pair with your champagne this NYE.  


While wearing underwear on NYE isn’t a common practice in many parts of Asia, a few countries do have traditional underwear for New Year’s Eve.

If you’re seeking riches In the Philippines, wearing polka-dotted underwear is said to bring you financial prosperity! Polka dots and round shapes are considered good luck because coins are round, and the shape is linked to good fortune. In China, people wear red underwear with gold lace as a symbol of loyalty, happiness, and success.

South America

South of the equator, you’ll find the most common NYE tradition is wearing yellow britches for good luck. In Brazil, you have a few options: yellow for prosperity, white for peace and red for love. If you’re looking to cultivate any of those this year, consider throwing on some themed skivvies before midnight! 


In Italy and Spain, red underwear is the standard to promote a healthy life along with love. But if you enjoy the cold and are feeling bold, many European countries have unorthodox traditions — including the Netherlands, where locals strip down to their undies and run into the arctic sea. successful New Year.

North America

Besides partying, a few regions of North America have NYE underwear traditions. In Puerto Rico, white undies are worn to promote fertility and health; down in Mexico, yellow is worn for luck and red is worn for love.

No matter where or when you’ll be ringing in the New Year, you can start it off by donning undergarments that line up with your goals for the coming year. 

Whether you’re looking for love or just need a little extra luck, incorporate these traditions to get that extra edge in the new year. If you need to pick up a fresh pair for NYE, check our latest women's and men’s underwear.

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