Friday the 13th is an unlucky day in many countries around the world, as is Tuesday the 13th in Spain and Friday the 17th in Italy.
Let’s have a look at some interesting superstitions from around the world…
In Norway it is believed that whistling at the sun will make it rain!
It is also said that if you see a black cat, you should spit on the ground three times to avoid bad luck and if you are in a romantic relationship you should not knit a sweater for your partner as it will bring bad luck to the relationship and the superstition says your partner will leave you!
In Germany, the superstition goes that if you toast someone with water, you are wishing death upon them!
In Turkey, it is bad luck to start a journey on Friday the 13th. It is also bad luck to chew gum at night – it is said that if you chew gum after dark it becomes the flesh of dead bodies!
In Russia it is bad luck to wish someone “Happy Birthday” before their birthday and giving yellow flowers is a terrible gift – it means that you are cursing your friend with infidelity!
The number 4 is considered very unlucky in Japan so much so that hospitals don’t usually have a fourth floor and this is the case in hotels too!
- The UK
In the UK, putting new shoes on the table is believed to bring bad luck as is opening an umbrella indoors!
What superstitions exist in your country? Do you believe in them?
Whistle = silbar
Spit on the ground = escupir al suelo
Knit = tejer
Toast = brindar
Wish death upon (someone) = desear la muerte de (alguien)
Chew gum= masticar chicle
Flesh = carne
Curse = maldecir/maldición
Infidelity = infidelidad
Fourth floor = 4ª planta
Open an umbrella = abrir un paraguas