Superstitions Found Around the World

People in other countries think that the 13th is a bad luck day, not Friday but Tuesday. In America, we believe that Friday the 13th is an omen day, and it is a time where we can have bad luck. We often try to avoid these bad luck days, but the great thing is that according to the Gregorian calendar, you will only have to have this day three times a year.

There are many different superstitions that people have around the world and here are some of the top ones:

Knocking on Wood Things

People in the European churches would take wood with them, and they would sometimes make it into a cross. When they touched this, it would be considered good luck. This is similar to the superstition of knocking on wood to make things lucky.

Evil Look

People say that if you had someone complement you for something you made or fixed and later it was broken then this can mean that someone gave you an evil eye.

People in Turkey buy a charm called a nazar boncugu and it is blue and is meant to stop the evil eye from harming them. This is a superstition often seen in places such as Afghanistan, Greece, Iran, Egypt and more.

Black Cats and Black Birds

Black cats have always been a symbol of bad luck based on thoughts of Halloween and witches. These cats have been avoided for years and years and people dread crossing on at any time.

In Korea, black crows are also looked at as bad luck just like cats and in the UK, the same goes with the ravens. In Britain, it is thought that if there are not six ravens on the Tower of London at one time then the crown of the leader will fall.

In Ireland if someone sees only one magpie, it is bad luck but seeing more than one can be good luck.

Cutting Nails in the Nighttime

Some cultures believe it is bad luck to cut your toe nails or your finger nails at night. In Korea, Turkey, and India, they only cut their nails during the day.

In Japanese culture, you can die younger if you cut your nails at night. The point behind this is that people often used sharp objects such as knives to cut their nails and if they do it at night and without light it can cause harm and infections.

The 13th

Tuesday the 13th is considered bad luck in Spain. This was a day that Constantinople fell during his Fourth Crusade and so it has since been considered bad luck.

Whistling Inside

Whistling is not considered bad luck but in Russia and Norwegian cultures when you whistle inside you might face financial troubles.

Corner Seat

Russia and Hungarian people believe that it is bad luck to sit in the corner of the table. If someone sits in the corner, that person might not ever get married.

Putting Your Purse on the Ground

Even though you should think that putting your purse on the ground is kind of gross because of all the dirt, in the Philippines when you put your purse on the ground it can mean that the woman will never be able to have children.

Using Water to Make a Toast

According to German culture if you toast with water then you will die. This comes form a Greek mythology where the dead spirits would drink water from the Lethe River.

Turning Thumbs

According to Turkey, if you touched a column that has a deep thumb hole then it can cure your sickness. You have to put your thumb in the hole and move your hand in a circle. This happened because Byzantine Emperor Justinian had a bad headache and when he touched the column it went away.

Breaking Mirrors

Breaking mirrors is often said to give seven years of bad luck and it is even worse when you are looking in the mirror when it breaks. Also, if you don’t see your reflection, it can mean that someone has stolen your soul.

Birds Inside of the Home

Some believe that if a bird flies into a home or a window that it can bring bad luck. If the bird gets into the home and circles around the furniture, it can mean that the person will die.

According to Mexican culture, if a black witch moth flies into the home it can mean the same thing.

Seventh Son Werewolves

According to the Argentina culture, if someone has a seventh son, they will turn into werewolves unless the president of the country adopts them. So, in 2007 to 2015, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner adopted one boy as her grandson so that he didn’t turn into a werewolf.

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