Spilling pepper, complimenting a baby, and cutting your fingernails after dark are just a few of the things that will earn you bad luck around the world. PUTTING YOUR CLOTHES ON INSIDE OUT IN RUSSIA INVITES A BEATING. If this does happen to you, though, all hope isn’t lost: Put your clothes on the right way immediately and have a friend symbolically hit you, which will minimize the potential threat. TUESDAY THE 13TH IS UNLUCKY IN GREECE. While Americans are generally superstitious about Friday the 13th, Greeks are traditionally wary of Tuesdays, and especially Tuesday the 13th.
IN SOME LATIN AMERICAN CULTURES, IT’S UNLUCKY TO GET MARRIED ON A TUESDAY. The unluckiness of Tuesday is also present in several Latin American cultures, to the point that in some South American countries the movie Friday the 13th was Martes 13, or Tuesday the 13th. IT’S BAD LUCK TO SHAKE YOUR LEGS IN SOUTH KOREA. In South Korea, people are told not to shake their legs, otherwise their wealth and good luck will fall out. IN SOME FISHING REGIONS OF CHINA, IT’S BAD LUCK TO FLIP OVER A COOKED FISH. It’s thought that this will lead to a ship capsizing. IN SOME PARTS OF EUROPE, LIGHTING A CIGARETTE FROM A CANDLE IS BAD NEWS FOR SAILORS. Another piece of sailor-related bad luck from parts of Europe says that if you light a cigarette from a candle, a sailor will die.
WOMEN IN TRADITIONAL RWANDAN SOCIETIES AVOID GOAT MEAT. IN ITALY, BREAD PLACED UPSIDE DOWN IS BAD LUCK. In Italy, it’s considered bad luck to lay bread upside down, either on a table or in a basket. IN SWEDEN, IT’S CONSIDERED BAD LUCK TO PUT KEYS ON A TABLE. Because, in the old days, prostitutes would put keys on tables in public areas to attract clients. DON’T PASS MONEY BY HAND IN TAJIKISTAN. The same goes for items like keys, needles, and scissors. They should be placed on a table and then picked up by the second person.
AFTER STARTING A JOURNEY IN PARTS OF EASTERN EUROPE AND CENTRAL ASIA, IT’S BAD LUCK TO RETURN HOME FOR SOMETHING YOU’VE FORGOTTEN. IN AZERBAIJAN, IT’S BAD LUCK TO SPILL SALT OR PEPPER. ACCORDING TO AN OLD PENNSYLVANIA GERMAN SUPERSTITION, A FEMALE VISITOR ON NEW YEAR’S DAY MEANS BAD LUCK. IN TURKEY, IT’S BAD LUCK TO DRINK WATER THAT REFLECTS MOONLIGHT. According to the Turkish Ministry of Culture, those who drink water that reflects moonlight will have bad luck. People, who bath under the moonlight and in shadow, will shine as bright as the moon. TRIPPING OVER SOMETHING WAS BAD LUCK IN 19TH-CENTURY NEW ENGLAND. IN SERBIA, COMPLIMENTING A BABY WILL BRING IT BAD LUCK. Instead, you need to say that a newborn is ugly. ACCORDING TO ONE EARLY 20TH-CENTURY AMERICAN SUPERSTITION, ALL DISHCLOTHS SHOULD BE BURNED BEFORE A MOVE.
Same goes for cloths used for general house cleaning. ACCORDING TO 19TH-CENTURY WELSH TRADITION, IT’S BAD LUCK TO CUT THE NAILS OF AN INFANT LESS THAN 6 MONTHS OLD. Some versions of this superstition warn of just general unluckiness, while others say that a child whose nails are cut before 6 months of age will become a thief. IN SOME ASIAN COUNTRIES, IT’S CONSIDERED UNLUCKY TO CUT YOUR NAILS AFTER DARK. Proposed reasons for the superstition range from the practicalities of wielding sharp things near your hand at night, to concern that separating a nail in the darkness could attract spirits. IN SOME MIDDLE EASTERN COUNTRIES, IT’S BAD LUCK TO OPEN AND CLOSE SCISSORS WITHOUT CUTTING ANYTHING. HEARING A MARSH CRAKE OVER THE WRONG SHOULDER IN NEW ZEALAND COULD LEAD TO BAD LUCK. IN GERMANY, YOU SHOULD NEVER WISH SOMEONE HAPPY BIRTHDAY EARLY.
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