Can you tell me some interesting superstition in your country?

@Fulltank (2896)
Philippines
November 26, 2009 5:44pm CST
Got this from our old folks back in the province. - putting of coins in the eyes of corpse prevents the entering of bad spirits. - if you wanted to have a new friend, just wait till you run into a spiders web. - a piece of oyster shell would bring you good luck if you put it in your pocket. - look for butterfly on the first day of the year, if its white, then you'll have a very good whole year. - go on to the park and let pigeons hit you with their droppings, it will make you lucky. I knew that these are just superstition and there are lots more where we came from. I am just curious on what are the superstition on your place? and how it affects us?
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@nautilus33 (1831)
27 Nov 09
HI! I'm from Bulgaria and there are alot of superstitions here in my country. Some of them are:1.If you have many moles all over your body, especially these you can not see,then it is meant to be happy. 2.If the cows beginn to lick their forlegs, a storm is coming. 3.If the sun shines only with three sunbeams, it means that a storm is coming 4.If you hear a own three times, it means something bad will happen to you. 5.On Easter the women wash the men's clothes, because they believe, that during the harvest they want have back ache. 6. If from the table falls a spoon or fork on the ground, it means, that a woman will come in you house. If a knife falls on the ground, it means, that a man will come in your house. 7. If you slip on water, you must expect love and tears.; if you spill water accidentally, it means you will have luck. 8.If sheeps beginn fighting in the morning, it means there is a strong wind. 9.You will be happy, if you pick up a nail, with its point indicates on you. 10.A child with two sticked up tufts will be a lucky man; a child with big head, becomes a reasonable and good man. 11.A child with small and thick head, becomes a rich man. 12.You will have a great day, if you sneeze three times before breakfast. 13. If you kill a lady-bird, it's going to rain on the other day.
• Malaysia
27 Nov 09
Hi, Fulltank! There are many superstitious beliefs at my place. The one that really affects our every day life since our ancestors is about food. When somebody offers us a food, but we don't feel like eating, it is normal that we will touch or taste a bit of that food to prevent bad luck. Sometimes when we go out and my mom is cooking in the kitchen and we have smelled and talked about the food that is still being cooked, we must not leave until we do like the above, either touch or taste just a small portion of the food. It is said that eggs are the most powerful food that if we want to have it, we must have it. We actually have a specific word in our language when we couldn't have any food we feel like eating. It's something like 'Touch wood!'
@ersmommy1 (12600)
• United States
27 Nov 09
My grandmother used to have one. One of my uncles once stepped over me to get to another room. I had been watching tv while laying on the floor. She made him walk back around me. This was so he wouldn't stunt my growth.
• India
27 Nov 09
there are a lot os superstitious sayings and beliefs in the place where i live in.for example here is one of them.while talking or saying about something o some incident that will happen or that is hope to happen and at that time itself if any particular sounds like the lizards makings sounds or the sound of anything falling from a tree or any sounds that makes us notice it is said to be an omen.and that omen means that whatever we were talking about will happen.
• Philippines
27 Nov 09
wow.. as i read all the comments... i realized how many are those superstition beliefs... well i know some like sweeping the floor at night - this could take out the good luck in the house, cutting finger nails at night will bring bad luck, singing in front of the stove will make you single for all of your life, and a lot more of it... but i don't believe in it... i just knew it from my grandma.. but i never practice nor follow those things.
• India
27 Nov 09
here in india we have many superstitions .... when a cat crosses us from left to right it is bad omen when it passes from right to left it is good sign.... when we see a fox before doing anything we will be victorious.... when we sleep with our head towards south we will get deadly dreams wehn the first born son of the house goes out in heavy rain,he will be attacked by thunder... and many more superstitions.... my india is great..
@kelly10 (678)
27 Nov 09
Here are a few superstitions that I know and observe. I live in the UK but I'm not really sure where they actually originate from. It's good luck if a black cat crosses your path. It's very bad luck if you put new shoes on a table. It's bad luck if you break a mirror, in fact it's seven years of bad luck. If you blow out all the candles on birthday cake in one go, it's good luck.
@adi_sne (83)
• India
27 Nov 09
yeah we hav it as , when a cat runs accros ur way or crosses the road through which we are supposed to go through...the work in our mind fails alwez.... It didnt afeect me bt, wen i was once the anchorrer of a national level seminar, a black cat crossed imme b4 i started going to tat place.... I came sooooo stupid tat forgot its a superstition n took loads of tensions.. finally told it to the principal where he consoled me.... Everythoing went fine.... but i was a matter of fun in the teachers for a couple of days.... Lol!!!
@hhmfw0 (45)
• China
27 Nov 09
There are many in our country.Just put an example 1.Don't kick the chamber of the kitchen range, it will irritate the kitchen god 2.Be bad man will be animal in next lifetime. 3.don't stand in front of the wedding car,it will bring bad luck 4.don't pick up the key on road ,it is bad luck
@cupkitties (6907)
• United States
27 Nov 09
Black cat crossing your path brings bad luck unless you make an x mark in front of your face and then its erased. broken mirror =7 years bad luck, standing in front of the microwave while its heating will make you unable to have children, horse shoe over door to home brings good lucky, rabbits foot brings good luck, troll dolls are supposedly good luck to which I highly disagree since my stomach always begins to feel sick everytime one is near me, opening an umbrella in the house is bad luck.
• Indonesia
27 Nov 09
i have to... if you go semewhere in holly place, you must watch your word... my friends have said this, when he had a camps with his friends "ahh...its too hot here, and there was no wind at all" suddenly the hurricane is come, and fly out his friends, 3 of his friend were down
@werdan88 (273)
• Philippines
27 Nov 09
1.) DOnt sweep the floor during the night. it would like sweeping the luck out of your house 2.) When a pregnant woman eats a twin banana, she will give brith to twins. 3.) A woman must not sing while cooking or elase she will becoma widow 3.) When you feel like you are lost and being played by spirits, wear your shirt inside out. 4.) Do not point into things like the moon. and a lot lot more. :)
@madteaparty (2763)
• Japan
27 Nov 09
There is this superstition in many villages in the country where I come from. Many women don't bath or shower when they're with their periods because they believe they will become blind. Some of my family members still believe that. There's another superstition, if you drop salt, you have to throw a little bit of salt behind your shoulder to get rid of the bad luck that having dropped salt would bring to you.
@Baluyadav (3644)
• India
27 Nov 09
hi,friend,when i was studying 7th class.i had to stay in a an area where forest is near.We used heard Fox whistles regularly...from forest which is very close to village.So when ever we heard those whistles,my Grand mother used to tell us,tightly close your Fists of both hands..immediately,the whistles stopped..we tried as many times as..After i complete my degree again i went there,but the same situation repeated..i don't know still,why it happens like that..just like we tightly close their necks when they bark/whistle.they slowly.. and completely stop whistles..if have a chance you can try also..
@jerelmeow (130)
• Philippines
27 Nov 09
Here in the Philippines, some supestitions are: -Sweeping the floor at night is bad luck -During a meal and a spoon falls on the floor, a female visitor will arrive, and if a fork falls on the floor, a male visitor will arrive -Playing yo-yo causes rain -Singing infront of a stove with open flames will prevent one from getting married -It is bad to take a bath on Friday of Holy week those are the ones that I remember
• United States
27 Nov 09
Oh, a dragonfly alights on the fisherman's line is a sign of good luck and good catch..a hat on a bed or an open umbrella on a bed are bad luck..a penny in the road, if its heads up, is good luck..
@mkings (289)
• Germany
27 Nov 09
My Country, Cameroon -You are not supposed to split fire wood in the night or the moon will came and carry you - You are not supposed to sweep in the night ,if you do you are sweeping you luck -If you kick your right leg on a stone that is good luck but if you kick the left leg that is bad luck