Superstitions and Explanations

Friday May13th is the only Friday the 13th for 2011. Are you superstitious? Is this an ominous day for you or one for fun? Does breaking a mirror, or walking under a ladder give you pause?  Do you suffer from paraskavedekatriaphobia? (The official name for fear of Friday the 13th, or a name someone made up!)

I looked at some other superstitions and thought it would be fun/spooky to share:

Spilling salt
Spilling salt means bad luck or going to have a quarrel.
In order to avoid the bad luck or to prevent a quarrel, one has to throw a pinch of salt that was spilled over Your shoulder.

Black cat
If you see a black cat, you should spit (three times) over your left shoulder. Only if it crossed your path otherwise is it bad. But if you take 7 steps backward, you can get your luck back just in case.

Whistling in the house
It is not good to whistle inside a house, because you will lose your money.
In Dutch there is a saying “Boys who whistles gets a girl with a fortune”.

Opening an umbrella
Never open an umbrella in the house because you may lose the house.

Bouquets must have an odd number of flowers
Thus, never give 4, 6, 8 flowers to a person because bouquets with even numbers are for funeral ceremonies or cemeteries.

My Favorite: Sewing a hole in a garment
It is not good to sew a hole while wearing the garment. In case you keep your garment on, put a piece of the sewing thread in your mouth.
Explanation: Using an iron needle may attract evil spirits. During sewing you may hurt yourself. The thread in the mouth functions as a channel to leave the bad spirit out.
If someone else does it to you the person may sew your mind; which means that afterwards you cannot think anymore.

What superstitions do you follow?


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