Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Ireland - Christmas

This is a superstition about Christmas In Ireland, there is a belief that the gates of Heaven will open at midnight on Christmas Eve. For all the people who die on Christmas Day, they will go straight to Heaven.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Poland - Christmas

In Poland, superstition plays a major part in celebrating Christmas. One of the superstitions is weather, the weather during Christmas predicts the weather for the rest of the following year. When it snows, it is believed as a sign of happiness, but if it rains, the following year will be a rainy one.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Greece - Christmas

In Greece, there is a belief of creatures called Kallikantzaroi playing pranks or make havoc of the home during the twelve days of Christmas, between Christmas itself and Epiphany on January 6th. In order to keeps the creatures away, some people burn their old shoes which produce a nasty smell to keep the Kallikantzaroi from entering by the chimney.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Sri Lanka - Newborn

In Sri Lanka, there is a belief where a piece of gold is mixed with the mother's milk and then placed on a newborn's tongue. It is said that this act will bring good wealth and fortune to the baby.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Hawaii - Wallet

It is considered bad luck to give an empty wallet or purse as a gift, because if you do, it will cause financial difficulties to the one receiving the wallet. It is advisable to include some amount of money in the wallet before giving it to someone.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Germany - Candle

In Germany, it is considered bad luck for German sailors if someone lights his cigarette with candle.

In the old days, during bad weather or when they were not at sea, German sailor would make matches and sell them in the local bars to support their life. If the locals lit their cigarette with candle, then the sailor could make their living by selling matches.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Korea - Spirit

A popular belief in Korea is that when someone dies, their spirit or soul will stay around for six weeks. Do not talk bad about them, they will hear it. If you missed the chance to say goodbye to them before they die, you still have the time before their spirit gone forever.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Germany - Burying Dog

In Germany, traditionally, when their dog dies, they usually bury the dog body under the door step. It is believed that the dog's ghost will protect their house from thieves.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Indonesia - Sweeping

In Indonesia, it is best to avoid sweeping the house at night. There is a believe that sweeping at night will bring bad luck as you sweep all the good luck out of your house.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Venezuela - Underwear

In Venezuela, there is a tradition for women as they believe that they will be lucky all year around for wearing yellow underwear on New Year's Eve.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

England - Boiled Egg

In England, there is a belief that when you finished eating a boiled / soft boiled egg, you have to push the spoon through the bottom part of the empty egg shell to release the bad spirit out.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Philippines - Handkerchief

Loving couple used to give another a present of gift to show their love. In Philippines, there is a belief that one should avoid giving handkerchief as gift. It is because a handkerchief is usually associated with crying or sad moments.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Russia - Eating

There is a belief in Russia about eating at the table. While eating, if suddenly a fork or spoon falls on the floor, one should expect a female guest will visit them. Otherwise a male guest is expected when a knife falls.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Ireland - Knife

In Ireland, there is a belief that to protect a child during birth, one should placed a knife on the doorstep to avoid bad or evil spirit from entering their house. It is due to that the evil spirit cannot cross the iron or steel knife to do any harm to the baby.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

India - Blinking Eye

Ever had your eye blinking unintentionally?. Sometimes either your left eye or right eye will blink like say 3 times repetitively.

There are many countries in the world that have superstitions associated with blinking of an eye. In India, if your right eye is blinking, there's a sign that something good will happen, but if your left eye blinks, not good. But that only true for man, for woman, it's blinking on the right eye that brings good, and the other side otherwise.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Mexico - Fingernails

In Mexico, there is a widespread superstition regarding fingernails cutting. They say that if you cut a baby's fingernails before he/she turn one year of age, it is afraid that the child will have impaired eyesight.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

China - New Year

During Chinese New Year, it is believed that you have to avoid greeting someone in their bedroom, it's considered bad luck. Usually, in order to celebrate the new year in good luck, the elderly and sick family members will be moved from their bedroom to the living room on that particular day.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Russia - Cat

In Russia, its considered bad luck when a cat, especially a black one, crosses in front of you when you're walking. Some people will avoid them by chasing out or outrun the cat.

If the cat already crosses you, then you have to break the spell by spitting three times over your left shoulder to avoid the bad luck.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Japan - Fingernail

Avoid cutting your nails in the evening or at night, it is believed that cutting nails during that time will prevent you from seeing your parents when they die, you won't be able to be with them for the last time on their deathbed.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Denmark - Wedding

Traditionally in Denmark, the brides and grooms will be cross-dressed. There is a belief that the custom tradition taking place during wedding to confuse the evil spirits from disturbing the couple.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

England - Surname

In UK, there is an old belief that when a man and woman who are unrelated but have the same surname marry, they may also be considered healers as the wife will be gifted with medical healing power.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Hawaii - Banana

From the old tale, the Hawaiian believe that bringing bananas on a boat will bring bad luck to fisherman such as no catch and other bad things imaginable. Due to this superstition, most chartered boat captains will not leave the dock if you bring any bananas with you onboard.

Monday, July 12, 2010

A Superstitious Code


No, it's just for Technorati verification, they need to find this code for me to claim ownership to this blog.

Japan - Spider

In Japan, there is a popular belief that when you see a spider in the morning, it will bring good luck. On the other hand, it is bad luck to come across a spider during night time.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Cuba - Water

In Cuba, there is a believe that if you leave a glass of water at your bedside overnight and there are bubbles in the glass the next morning, a good chance that you are surrounded by good spirits.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Mexico - Broom

In Mexico, it is believed that if someone accidently sweeps an unmarried woman's shoes with a broom, she will never marry. This is considered as bad luck and should be avoided.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Philippines - Wedding

One should avoid choosing knives and other sharp and pointed objects for wedding gifts as it is believed that this will lead to a broken marriage.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Thailand - Elephant

It is believed that in Thailand, white elephants were rare and not made to work for their upkeep, so a White Elephant is an item that is a non profit expense. Considering the value of space in our homes, items kept as memorabilia could be considered White Elephants. It is usual that a project or building that were not used or left abandoned is called White Elephant.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Thailand - Shoes

According to popular belief, when you buy your new shoes, you have to bite them before you wear them. It it believed that this action will prevent your new shoes from "biting" your feet.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Germany - Ghost

In Germany, there is a superstition belief that when you call out the name of a dead person three times on Christmas Eve, it's like some sort of spell that caused their ghost to appear.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Scotland - Sneeze

In Scotland, it is believed that a newborn child is said to remain under 'the fairy spells'. The spell will be broken when the child has sneezed for the first time.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Italy - Salt

It is believed that if you drop some salt, you have to put some salt from its container in your hand and throw it behind your shoulder. As this will prevent the evil eye you would normally get when dropping the salt.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Brazil - Baby

In Brazil, they have a superstition that when babies stand on their heads, they are calling for another sibling to join in the family.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

India - Sparrow

A sparrow is encouraged to build a nest in a new house for good fortune.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

France - Cat

It is believed that in the southern regions of France, if a young unmarried girl accidentally steps on a cat's tail, it's a sign of bad luck that she will have to wait twelve months before she finds a husband.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Greece - Bone

In Greece, people use to carry a little bone of a bat in their wallet. It is believed that the bone will protect them from the evil eye.

Monday, March 15, 2010

England - Dog

In England, it is believed that meeting a spotted or black and white dog on the way to a business appointment is a lucky sign.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Italy - Cat

To hear a cat sneeze is a sign of good luck.

Malay - Umbrella

One should not open an umbrella in the house,  a snake will enter the house if you do so.

India - Lizard

When you heard a lizard makes a sound after you make a statement, it's kind of confirmation that what you said is usually true.

Chinese - Spoiled Child

Pregnant mother should avoid rubbing her stomach too much as it may produce a spoiled child.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Thailand - Lizard

When leaving your house to go to town or somewhere, suddenly a lizard drops from the ceiling in front of you, it is advised that you'll be better stay inside and cancel the trip as the rest of the day may be disastrous.

Malaysia - Malay - Eating

It is believed that when eating (especially male), you should not switch or change your place to avoid being married more than once.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Thailand - Food

Avoid eating the leftovers from your child because it will make the kid naughty.

Friday, January 29, 2010

China - New Year

It is believed by Chinese that one should not cry on the Chinese New Year's Day to avoid unfortunate events to the person all year round which will cause them to cry.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

India - Tuesday

A barber shop will not be opened on Tuesday as no haircut or shaving will be done on that day.

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