Saturday, December 24, 2011

Poland - Christmas

In Poland, there is still a belief that girls who grind poppy seed on Christmas Eve can hope for a good luck on marriage. After having their dinner and leave the house, the direction of the first dog bark they heard points to where their future husband will come from.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Italy - Number 17

In Italy, it is believed that the number 17 is considered unlucky. When "17" viewed as the Roman numeral, XVII, an anagram or letters rearrangement of that spells out "VIXI," which in Latin means "I have lived" which describes, "My life is over," or "I'm dead."

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

England - Raven

In England, The Tower of London is a castle that houses ravens over 900 years. It is believed that if the ravens leave the castle, the crown of England and the kingdom will fall.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Chile - Hiking

In Chile, there is a belief that it is customary when you are hiking through the desert, you have to pour some of your drinking water on the ground before you drink any yourself to avoid bad luck. This is considered as a tribute to Pachamama, the spirit of Earth in order to have a safe journey.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Ukraine - Broom

In Ukraine, people believed that broom should always kept upward in a corner of the house. The reason is that it would turn away the evil eye and bring wealth to the family in the house.

Britain - Coal

In Britain, it is considered as tradition to give someone coal as a New Year's gift, carrying a piece of coal in your pocket will also brings good luck or make the bad luck go away.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Vietnam - Business

In Vietnam, there is a belief that when you're going somewhere on a business trip, you have to try to avoid seeing a woman first. It is considered bad luck for your your business if you do see a woman first as you go out your door or on the way. It is advisable that you postpone the trip to another time.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Indonesia - Pool

In Indonesia, when building a house, one always avoid building a pool inside the house as it is believed that it will bring bad luck to the members of the family. The family members will catch illnesses one after another.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

China - Long Noodles

In China, it is believed that eating Noodles especially a long noodle will bring you long life. Long noodles indicate the longevity in China, during special occasion such as celebrating someone's birthday or during the New Year or the Chinese New Year, eating long noodles is said will bring good luck in extending your lifespan.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

India - Lizard

There is a belief that if a lizard falls on one's head, it's a sign of good luck. It is believed that it will bring happiness to that person.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Ukraine - Flower

As many other parts in the world, it is considered traditional for Ukraine men to give flowers to women on nearly every occasion, but to avoid bad luck, only an odd number of flowers can be given. It is considered bad luck to give an even number of flowers, because usually even numbers of flowers are brought to funerals.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Thailand - House

In Thailand, people will try to avoid building or buying a house with the front door and the back door lined up (you can see the back door from front door in straight line). It is considered bad luck as you will not be able to keep any money in the house. It is believed that your money (wealthy) will come through the front door and go straight out through the back door.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Australia - Mirror

In Australia and many parts of the world, there is a belief that if you break a mirror, it is considered bad luck, and you will have to endure a long 7 years of bad luck.

This superstition was originated long time ago during Victorian times in England, when mirrors were very expensive back then and only the richest people could afford them. Normally, those rich people will employ servant or housemaid in their house, when they breaks the mirror, it will take about 7 years for the servant to pay back the cost of the broken mirror by deducting their wages. What a bad luck....

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Brazil - Wedding Dress

In Brazil, the groom cannot see the bride wearing her wedding gown before their ceremony, he also can't see her gown and will only see it when she arrives for the wedding. If the groom sees the bride's wedding dress before their wedding, it is considered bad luck.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Pakistan - Scissors

In Pakistan, there is a belief that one should not open and close a pair of scissors without any reason or purpose. It is considered bad luck and believed to cause problem to the family living in the home.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

India - Dog

This superstition is based in India, it is believed that when someone hear a dog whining at night, it's a sign of bad luck, especially when a family member in your house or neighborhood is ill.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Mongolia - Whistling

In Mongolia, the nomads live inside a ger. Ger is a Mongolian word for Yurt, a portable felt covered dwelling structure used in the steppes. It is considered bad luck to whistle inside a ger, it is believed that this act will cause a windstorm which can be very dangerous on the steppe. The sound of someone whistling would be easily mistaken as howling winds.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Russia - Traveling

In Russia, there is a belief that when someone has left or travelling on a long journey, one should not clean the traveler's room until they have return from their journey and arrived home.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Ireland - Rocking Chair

This superstition came from Ireland, it is said that one should never rock an empty rocking chair, it considered bad luck and should be avoided because it is believed that the action will brings death to the family.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Moldova - Head

This is quite rare, in Moldova, there is a belief that if you accidentally hit your head with your friend's head, you have to hit it the second time. If you don't hit your head again, it is feared that someone will die in the family.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Indonesia - Giving Birth

In Indonesia, there is a superstition associated with giving birth. It will be unfortunate if your pregnant guest suddenly gives birth in your house, it is believed that this will cause bad luck. When this happens, usually people will advise them to move to another house or place to live.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

America - Cat

This is one popular superstition in America. When you are moving to a new home, you have to put your cat in the house through the window for the very first time, so that it will not leave the house. Avoid bringing your cat through the door.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

India - New Year

There are not many superstitions associated with clothes, but this is one of them that originating from India. People will avoid doing laundry on New Year’s Day because it is believed that you’ll “wash away” a family member (in other words - causing their death) in the upcoming year. So, they will wash their clothes on the 2nd.

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