Do you stay away from black cats or walk around a ladder to avoid bad luck? If so, you are an ideal believer of superstitions. If we would take all the superstitions in every culture, in every country, there would be too many to count. So instead I am just going to let you in on the top five most interesting superstitions to date. Who knows, you might find out that these fascinating ones work better for you!
Here Comes the Bride (and the Milk)
Indian people can be very superstitious, but they sure know how to have fun with it. It is tradition at Indian weddings that a ring is put in a big bowl of milk and the newlywed couple has to try and fish it out, and whoever gets the ring, will supposedly be the one who wears the trousers at home, or in other words, will be the “man of the house”. Fishing in milk sounds messy, but what competitive game isn’t?
In Hungary and Russia, it is said to be bad luck to sit at the corners of tables. According to this superstition, a person who sits at a corner won’t get married… EVER. Next time you are sitting down for dinner, think twice about where you sit, you probably wouldn’t want to stay single for the rest of your life. Plus who would want to sit at the corner? It’s uncomfortable anyway.
Turn the Fan on, I’m Boiling!
If you live in a hot country, you know how important it is to have some sort of air conditioning in your house. It can sometimes get so hot that you want to leave it on all night long — well, not in South Korea. It is believed that if you go to sleep with a fan on in your room, you won’t live to tell about it. Even doctors in South Korea spread the word of its danger to protect South Koreans from hypothermia. So what’s their solution? Fans in South Korea have timer settings that will turn the fan off within few minutes.
When in Rome…
When in Rome, do as the Romans do. Well, with this superstition, do as the Italians do. Italians believe that if you walk backwards, it shows that the devil sees your way and he will find you and cause you misery. Unless you practicing your moon dance skills, why would you want to walk backwards anyway?
Chopsticks of Death
Going to Japan? Forget about forks, you are going to have to get used to eating with chopsticks. But be careful never to leave your chopsticks vertically in a bowl of rice. This symbolizes bad fortune, because it resembles incense sticks that burn at funerals. So when you are in Japan make sure to be respectful and place your chopsticks next to your bowl.
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