Superstitions and Explanations
May 9, 2011

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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