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Posted by maribel on 13/04/2010

Superstitions can be defined as, “irrational beliefs, especially with regard to the unknown”

(Collins English Dictionary)

by rachdian

Good Luck

It is lucky to meet a black cat. Black Cats are featured on many good luck greetings cards and birthday cards in England.
It is lucky to touch wood. We touch; knock on wood, to make something come true.
It is lucky to find a clover plant with four leaves.
White heather is lucky.
A horseshoe over the door brings good luck. But the horseshoe needs to be the right way up. The luck runs out of the horseshoe if it is upside down. Horseshoes are generally a sign of good luck and feature on many good luck cards.
On the first day of the month it is lucky to say “white rabbits, white rabbits white rabbits,” before uttering your first word of the day.
Catch falling leaves in Autumn and you will have good luck. Every leaf means a lucky month next year.
Cut your hair when the moon is waxing and you will have good luck.
Putting money in the pocket of new clothes brings good luck.

by-nc-nd Tom @ P.I.G.

Bad Luck

It is unlucky to walk underneath a ladder.
Seven years bad luck to break a mirror. The superstition is supposed to have originated in ancient times, when mirrors were considered to be tools of the gods.
It is unlucky to see one magpie, lucky to see two, etc..
It is unlucky to spill salt. If you do, you must throw it over your shoulder to counteract the bad luck.
It is unlucky to open an umbrella in doors.
The number thirteen is unlucky. Friday the thirteenth is a very unlucky day. Friday is considered to be an unlucky day because Jesus was crucified on a Friday.
It is unlucky to put new shoes on the table.
It is unlucky to pass someone on the stairs.


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