13 Food Superstitions
July 12, 2018 8:39am CST
As Friday 13th, is approaching, I thought it could be interesting to share some superstitions. The following are all superstitions about food. 1 - spilling salt on the table brings bad luck. As a remedy, throw salt over your left shoulder with your right hand. 2 - do not offer a hot pepper to a friend, this will bring discord into your friendship. 3 - when you serve tea, never pour milk before sugar, or you will never get married. 4 - do not offer a knife as a gift, this gesture symbolize "cutting ties". 5 - a large bubble in a bread loaf announce that someone you know will die. 6 - garlic not only protect from vampires but also from the curse of an evil eye. 7 - long noodles represent long life. Do not cut noodles short. 8 - if you go fishing, do not bring bananas on a fishing boat or you will fish nothing. 9 - do not turn the bread upside down on the table, this is considered a rude gesture. 10 - two yolks in the same eggs, means that someone you know will have twins. 11 - If you want to avoid rain, bury Bourbon on the wedding site. 12 - catch the bubbles floating on the top of your coffee to earn more money. 13 - offer an orange to someone, if you want that he/she fells in love with you. Do you know food superstitions to share?
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I know the no 1, for no 2 it's chillies ,did you mean that type of pepper...So we give a little bit of sugar too if we are distributing chillies among friends. On the other hand when we give some cooked food at night,we include a chilli to ward off the ghosts who may want to taste the food.... Well I don't really do that but know lots who do
@LadyDuck I meant if we give cooked food to neighbours or friends which is carried outside the house after sun sets, I was not clear earlier. If I see the person is superstitious then I do add a chilli with the stuff they will carry away. By myself not superstitious as such....Maybe a bit Like not cutting hair or nails on Thursday...Hu by is not at all superstitous
• United States
Throwing a pomegranate to the ground on New Year's Eve brings good luck. The amount of luck depends upon how wide the pomegranate pops open when thrown to the ground. The wider it opens, the more luck the person will have in the following year.
i saw Rachel Ward throwing some salt with her right hand over her left shoulder. i sometimes do that. also when a pregnant woman eats banana twins (2 in 1) she will have twins. garlic we know protects us from evil entities, and it can also be used to control toothache. and of course, noodles means long life.
• Genova, Italy
To be honest, those of you listed, I only knew #1. My grandmother had indeed this superstitious ritual. But #9 (more or less) My grandfather used to say that "every bit of bread, represents a drop of sweat from your father" Others on food, others I do not know. But the classics like: do not pass under the stairs, or the hat on the bed, well I believe we all know already!
• Genova, Italy
@LadyDuck Exactly. You see. However, I am very skeptical of such "superstitious" rituals. It was once said, the number 13 were lucky (former totocalcio, now set at 14). Then No! It seems to me, Religion said 13 not good. I grew up when the unlucky number, it was 17!
@alberello75 In Italy the number 13 is still considered lucky and the 17 unlucky. If you studied Latin you should know about the 17. If you right it in Roman numeral 17 becomes XVII. If you change it anagrammatically to VIXI (vixi), in Latin translates to "I lived", that means "My life is over."
Knew most of them, but never heard about numbers 8, 11, 12 and 13. Actually, I think that the one with the banana is quite funny . I want to test it, next time I go fishing I'll bring some bananas. Maybe I'll throw one in the water to lure a fish or two .
• Holiday, Florida
you mentioned most i know about. but one is don't drop the dish towel on the floor unless you want to have a hungry guest to come to dinner. i didn't know about the noodles. i have always broken spaghetti noodles in half before i cook them so they will be easier to fit in pan and eat also. no wonder i am probably going to have a shorter life. i been making it happen
• United States
I think more of my Japanese side when it comes to food superstitions - at least that's what I grew up with. Don't stand chopsticks in a bowl of rice - that's only for someone who has passed (how it is served on their altar). Don't "round" the rice in a bowl for the same reason. Don't pass your food from chopstick to chopstick with someone else (that symbolizes how they pass bones at a cremation ceremony). There are these sweet black beans we eat for New Year's - sometimes there is a gold one in it. My mom used to say eat 'em and you will have good fortune. When drinking tea, if a little tea stem stands up at the bottom of the cup, that means good luck.
• United States
I have never heard of any of these. They are very interesting though. Thank you for sharing. I did know that salt over the shoulder was supposed to bring good luck or something of the sort, now I see it is meant to stop bad luck.