Unique Superstitions from Around the World

Posted on 08/09/2017

You have probably heard about how walking under an open ladder is bad luck; same for a black cat crossing your path.

Many buildings don’t have a 13th floor (Hello, floor 12A).

What are some of the strangest customs around the world? The folks at Solar Centre have rounded up a few of them. They are good to be aware of when traveling around the world, lest a person offends someone by killing a spider or going outdoors during a solar eclipse.

One superstition I think we can all get behind is Senegal’s belief that you shouldn’t brag about your next journey. It is better to keep your holiday travel plans to yourself lest they be ruined by sharing them with others before you’ve enjoyed your time away.

One of the more interesting superstitions comes out of the Philippines: You should not wear red during a lightning storm. Which could lead one to wonder: Was there an unlucky passenger aboard this cruise ship that burst into flames?

As interesting as it would be if color did attract (or detract) lightning, sadly, this theory has been debunked. The colors you wear don’t have anything to do with where lightning may strike.

For those visiting the Netherlands, you may want to pay attention to this superstition: Never sing at dinner.

According to the Dutch, it is bad luck to sing at the table because you are singing to the devil for your supper.

If you have ever visited France, you know the French love to take their dogs on walks. But many people aren’t inclined to pick up their dog's droppings along the way. Maybe the reluctance stems from the superstition that if you step in dog poop with your right food, it’s actually good luck.

Here in the U.S., we believe that Friday the 13th is a superstitious day, but in Italy, Friday, the 17th brings bad luck.

Some Italians believe that because the Roman numerals of 17, XVII, can be arranged to VIXI, which means “my life is over,” that it is an inauspicious calendar day.

If you have ever heard the song “The Itsy Bitsy Spider,” you know that “down comes the rain to wash the spider out” part. That’s actually a superstition in some European countries where people believe that, if you kill a spider, it will rain the next day so that the spider can be washed away.

If you are traveling in India during a solar eclipse, don’t be surprised if many people stay indoors during the event. An eclipse is believed to give off toxic rays. People also fast during this time because cooking food could make it poisonous.

Source: Travelpulse

PHOTO: Cross your fingers for good luck. (photo courtesy of Thinkstock)