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SUPERSTITIONSSUPERSTITIONS Form 8-BForm 8-BSchool 42School 42

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Do you believe in superstitions?Do you believe in superstitions?

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SUPERSTITIONS, WHICH BRING GOOD LUCK

Rabbit's feet four-leaf clovers knocking on wood a horseshoe number seven

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SUPERSTITIONS, WHICH BRING BAD LUCK

Friday The Thirteenth 13 number 13 Walking under a ladder Spilling salt a black cat Break a mirror Opening an umbrella inside the house

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Halloween Superstitions

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Wedding Superstitions

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Sporting SuperstitionsSporting Superstitions

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Christmas SuperstitionsChristmas Superstitions

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Rabbit's feet and four-Rabbit's feet and four-leaf cloversleaf clovers

Some people carry a rabbit's foot on a key ring.Some people carry a rabbit's foot on a key ring.The four leaves in a four-leaf clover represented good The four leaves in a four-leaf clover represented good luck in fame, wealth, lover, and health. 'luck in fame, wealth, lover, and health. 'That a four-leaf clover means good luck is a common That a four-leaf clover means good luck is a common belief-It is not easy to explain why people believe so, belief-It is not easy to explain why people believe so, but it may just be that since it's unusual people think but it may just be that since it's unusual people think if must lean something.if must lean something.Legends claim that the four-leaf clover was the only Legends claim that the four-leaf clover was the only thing Eve was able to bring with her when she was thing Eve was able to bring with her when she was expelled from the paradise. Cattle are thought to expelled from the paradise. Cattle are thought to graze best and grow fattest when feeding m a field of graze best and grow fattest when feeding m a field of clover.clover.

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Knocking on wood

The Americans think that knocking on wood prevents good tuck changing to bad, so they often use the expression "knock on wood".

Knocking on wood was supposed to keep the evil spirits that lived in the wood from coming out to spoil our good fortune.

The habit of knocking on wood to prevent bad luck was first a Roman custom, to communicate with the dryads, or tree spirits. So

when one said something good about oneself or one's luck, one would also knock on the wood of a nearby object because it was

also good luck to have the dryads in one's favour. Most people don't know that you are only supposed to knock

twice, not three times. Knocking twice prevents what you say from happening while the demons are preoccupied. Knocking three times

gets their attention.

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a horseshoe a horseshoe The horseshoe is possibly the most common good-luck symbol The horseshoe is possibly the most common good-luck symbol

in use today. If you take a closer look you might just find that in use today. If you take a closer look you might just find that some people still put them on or above their front door, and you some people still put them on or above their front door, and you

will also find many greeting cards with horseshoes on.will also find many greeting cards with horseshoes on. Horseshoes were originally made of iron, and iron was supposed Horseshoes were originally made of iron, and iron was supposed to give protection against witches, fairies and devils. If you find a to give protection against witches, fairies and devils. If you find a

horseshoe consider yourself a very lucky person (especially horseshoe consider yourself a very lucky person (especially nowadays when they are so hard to find!}, but you must follow a nowadays when they are so hard to find!}, but you must follow a ritual to get the good luck. You must pick up the horseshoe with ritual to get the good luck. You must pick up the horseshoe with

your right hand, spit on one of the ends of the horseshoe and your right hand, spit on one of the ends of the horseshoe and make a wish. Then throw it over your left shoulder, and leave make a wish. Then throw it over your left shoulder, and leave

without looking back to see where it landed.without looking back to see where it landed. Lucky horseshoes should be hung with the tips up, like a «U» or Lucky horseshoes should be hung with the tips up, like a «U» or

else the luck drains out.else the luck drains out.

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Number sevenNumber seven Number sevenNumber seven

It took God seven days to create the world, and any It took God seven days to create the world, and any association with the number is lucky. The seventh son association with the number is lucky. The seventh son of the seventh son is the most lucky of men and when of the seventh son is the most lucky of men and when

people talk about the «seven year itch» they mean people talk about the «seven year itch» they mean that every seven years a person's personality that every seven years a person's personality

undergoes a complete change.undergoes a complete change.

I have heard that by placing a new baby on I have heard that by placing a new baby on someone's bed wilt ensure that that person will be the someone's bed wilt ensure that that person will be the

next to have a baby.next to have a baby.

If you find a coin that tales up, pick it up and give it If you find a coin that tales up, pick it up and give it to someone this will give you both good luck.to someone this will give you both good luck.

I am not sure if this is true but when you enter a car I am not sure if this is true but when you enter a car you are supposed to enter it with your right leg for you are supposed to enter it with your right leg for

good Luck.good Luck.

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Friday The Thirteenth 13Friday The Thirteenth 13The number 13 is thought to be unlucky because there were 1 3 people at Christ's Last The number 13 is thought to be unlucky because there were 1 3 people at Christ's Last

Supper. Some buildings don't have a thirteenth floor. Instead the numbers jump from 1 2 to 14. Supper. Some buildings don't have a thirteenth floor. Instead the numbers jump from 1 2 to 14. Some people think that they will have a bad day when the 1 3th day of the month is Friday.Some people think that they will have a bad day when the 1 3th day of the month is Friday.

The origins of Friday superstitions are many. One of the best known is that Eve tempted The origins of Friday superstitions are many. One of the best known is that Eve tempted Adam with the apple on Friday. Tradition also has it that the Flood in the Bible, the confusion at the Adam with the apple on Friday. Tradition also has it that the Flood in the Bible, the confusion at the

Tower of Babel, and the death of Jesus Christ all took place on Friday.Tower of Babel, and the death of Jesus Christ all took place on Friday.Those who know about these things, inform us tliut Adam and Eve were expelled from the Garden Those who know about these things, inform us tliut Adam and Eve were expelled from the Garden

of Eden on Friday and Christ was crucified on a Friday.of Eden on Friday and Christ was crucified on a Friday.Christians also noted that twelve witches plus one devil are present at Satanic ceremonies so FridayChristians also noted that twelve witches plus one devil are present at Satanic ceremonies so Friday

and 1 3 make a deadly combination.and 1 3 make a deadly combination. But, as far as I know, Friday the t 3fh is only bad hick for males. The calendars used to But, as far as I know, Friday the t 3fh is only bad hick for males. The calendars used to have 1 3 months for the 1 3 phases of the moon in a year. Men changed the calendar fo 1 2 months. have 1 3 months for the 1 3 phases of the moon in a year. Men changed the calendar fo 1 2 months.

Women also generally have 1 3 cycles in a year. Friday is also ruled by Venus which represents Women also generally have 1 3 cycles in a year. Friday is also ruled by Venus which represents women.women.

Friday the thirteenth is considered the unluckiest of days, unless you were born on Friday the thirteenth is considered the unluckiest of days, unless you were born on Friday the thirteenth. If you were born on this day fhen Friday the thirteenth is your lucky day.Friday the thirteenth. If you were born on this day fhen Friday the thirteenth is your lucky day.

In fact most of Central Europe being mainly Christian jt nothing to them. Tuesday the 1 3th was the In fact most of Central Europe being mainly Christian jt nothing to them. Tuesday the 1 3th was the worst day of fhe year.worst day of fhe year.

In Italy, not only number 1 3, but also number 1 7 brings bad luck and/or death.In Italy, not only number 1 3, but also number 1 7 brings bad luck and/or death.

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Walking under a ladderWalking under a ladderAmericans believe that it's bad luck to walk under a ladder. This came Americans believe that it's bad luck to walk under a ladder. This came

from the early Christian belief that a leaning ladder formed a triangle with the wall from the early Christian belief that a leaning ladder formed a triangle with the wall and ground. You must never violate the Holy Trinity by walking through a triangle, and ground. You must never violate the Holy Trinity by walking through a triangle,

lest you be considered in league with the devil. (And you all know what good lest you be considered in league with the devil. (And you all know what good Christians did to people they suspected of being in league with the devil.)Christians did to people they suspected of being in league with the devil.)

You should never walk under ladders, and never pass people when going up or You should never walk under ladders, and never pass people when going up or downstairs.downstairs.

But why?But why?Do you remember a story from Genesis (1. Mosebook) of Jacob's ladder Do you remember a story from Genesis (1. Mosebook) of Jacob's ladder

between heaven and earth? People seemed to believe that to climb a ladder or to between heaven and earth? People seemed to believe that to climb a ladder or to walk up the stairs means luck because this is the way up fo God. Going under a walk up the stairs means luck because this is the way up fo God. Going under a

ladder might therefore mean fhe opposite... if you do have to go under a ladder you ladder might therefore mean fhe opposite... if you do have to go under a ladder you can keep your fingers crossed to ovoid bad luck. But you have to make sure fo can keep your fingers crossed to ovoid bad luck. But you have to make sure fo

keep your fingers crossed until you see a dog, for some reason.keep your fingers crossed until you see a dog, for some reason.If you go up or down the stairs and you have fo pass someone, you can If you go up or down the stairs and you have fo pass someone, you can

always cross your fingers and this way avoid disaster. If you should stumble on the always cross your fingers and this way avoid disaster. If you should stumble on the staircase, that is said to be good omen. It might even indicate a wedding in the staircase, that is said to be good omen. It might even indicate a wedding in the

household in the future.household in the future. It is bad luck to walk under a ladder because they used to be used only It is bad luck to walk under a ladder because they used to be used only by painters, so if you walked under one, paint or anything else could fall on you.by painters, so if you walked under one, paint or anything else could fall on you.

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Spilling salt

Don't spill the salt.Although some people believe that Judas spilt salt during the last supper. Salt was a very precious expensive commodity in the middle ages. It was also used for medical purposes. If you spilled any, you must immediately throw it over your left shoulder to strike the nasty spirits in the eye, fhus preventing sickness.

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If a black cat crosses in front of you...If a black cat crosses in front of you...

Ablack cat crossing the road meansbad luck Ablack cat crossing the road meansbad luck in almost all countries except in the British Isles. in almost all countries except in the British Isles. Cats were believed to consort with witches and Cats were believed to consort with witches and

warlocks. People thought cats brought evil and bad warlocks. People thought cats brought evil and bad luck.luck.

The most well known superstition is that if a The most well known superstition is that if a biack cat crosses your path you'll have bad luck.biack cat crosses your path you'll have bad luck.In ancient Egypt, the Goddess Bast, was a black In ancient Egypt, the Goddess Bast, was a black

female cat. Christian priests wanted to wipe out all female cat. Christian priests wanted to wipe out all traces of other religions so convinced their traces of other religions so convinced their

ignorant followers to destroy the evil demons that ignorant followers to destroy the evil demons that were black cats. While they were at it, they were black cats. While they were at it, they

destroyed the kindly little old ladies who cared for destroyed the kindly little old ladies who cared for the cats believing them to be witches.the cats believing them to be witches.

But I know that if a black cat comes to your But I know that if a black cat comes to your door - you will soon have a lover in your life.door - you will soon have a lover in your life.

Then if you see a white cat on a full moon it means Then if you see a white cat on a full moon it means you'II soon be married !!!you'II soon be married !!!

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Break a mirrorBreak a mirror

Breaking a mirror gives 7 years of bad luck. I twill give Breaking a mirror gives 7 years of bad luck. I twill give you seven years of misfortune.you seven years of misfortune.

The reason behind this belief is probably the old idea that The reason behind this belief is probably the old idea that a person's soul is in their reflection, so that if you smash a person's soul is in their reflection, so that if you smash

your mirror, your soul will be damaged too, dooming them your mirror, your soul will be damaged too, dooming them to an early death, and not giving them an entry to heaven.to an early death, and not giving them an entry to heaven. Are there any ways of making up for this bad luck then? Are there any ways of making up for this bad luck then?

Yes - if you very carefully pick up all the broken pieces and Yes - if you very carefully pick up all the broken pieces and throw them into a river of stream, then the bad luck will be throw them into a river of stream, then the bad luck will be

«washed away».«washed away». The true reason that breaking a mirror was 7 years bad The true reason that breaking a mirror was 7 years bad

luck is because when mirrors were first made they were so luck is because when mirrors were first made they were so expensive that if you broke on you would serve 7 years as expensive that if you broke on you would serve 7 years as an indentured servant to the owner of the mirror because an indentured servant to the owner of the mirror because not too many people could afford to buy another one to not too many people could afford to buy another one to

replace it.replace it.

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Opening an umbrella inside the houseOpening an umbrella inside the house Did you know that if you open an umbrella Did you know that if you open an umbrella indoors it means bad luck? In the old days indoors it means bad luck? In the old days umbrellas were used just as a sunshade, umbrellas were used just as a sunshade, but today we mostly use them when it but today we mostly use them when it

rains. Because of the connection with the rains. Because of the connection with the sun, and because the umbrella has the sun, and because the umbrella has the

circular shape of the sun it became very circular shape of the sun it became very important not to open the umbrella in a important not to open the umbrella in a dark/shaded area, as for example, inside dark/shaded area, as for example, inside

the house.the house. One must remember not td give an One must remember not td give an

umbrella as a gift or place it on the top of a umbrella as a gift or place it on the top of a table or on top of a bed. One should also try table or on top of a bed. One should also try

to avoid dropping it on the floor - all this to avoid dropping it on the floor - all this would bring bad luck.would bring bad luck.

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HALLOWE'EN SUPERSTITIONSHALLOWE'EN SUPERSTITIONS It is celebrated at a time of the year when trees become bare and days become It is celebrated at a time of the year when trees become bare and days become shorter. In other words this is the day when the forces of cold and death return to shorter. In other words this is the day when the forces of cold and death return to earth. People used to believe that it was necessary to fight against these forces in earth. People used to believe that it was necessary to fight against these forces in

order to survive the tough winter months ahead.order to survive the tough winter months ahead. They had bonfires, and they used apples and nuts to drive away the witches and They had bonfires, and they used apples and nuts to drive away the witches and

spirits that haunted civilization on this particular night. Nuts were used to predict with spirits that haunted civilization on this particular night. Nuts were used to predict with whom you were going to marry. You had to put two nuts into the fire side by side, then whom you were going to marry. You had to put two nuts into the fire side by side, then give them names. It was a good sign if they glowed and burned together, but if one or give them names. It was a good sign if they glowed and burned together, but if one or both burst, it meant bad luck. A couple could also place two nuts into the fire to see if both burst, it meant bad luck. A couple could also place two nuts into the fire to see if

they would have a long and happy life together,they would have a long and happy life together, Apples were used to foresee luck and fortune.Apples were used to foresee luck and fortune.

One would 'bow ones head into a bucket filled with water and some apples, and try to One would 'bow ones head into a bucket filled with water and some apples, and try to catch an apple, the bigger the better, since a bigger apple would bring you greater catch an apple, the bigger the better, since a bigger apple would bring you greater

fortune.fortune. However, not all people celebrate Halloween for the same reason. Some celebrate it However, not all people celebrate Halloween for the same reason. Some celebrate it

as a day for remembering the dead and others by making merry and seeking as a day for remembering the dead and others by making merry and seeking guidance for the future.guidance for the future.

All sorts of superstition were connected with the celebration of Halloween, and some All sorts of superstition were connected with the celebration of Halloween, and some of them are still alive, even if they don't have the same significance today. Halloween of them are still alive, even if they don't have the same significance today. Halloween in today's Britain turns out to be a distant echo of the original feast of life and death. 3 in today's Britain turns out to be a distant echo of the original feast of life and death. 3

1 October is a day for fancy dress parties, hollowed pumpkins and cheerful and 1 October is a day for fancy dress parties, hollowed pumpkins and cheerful and messy games. Many children also go round knocking on doors, dancing and singing messy games. Many children also go round knocking on doors, dancing and singing

and asking for sweets or money.and asking for sweets or money.

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CHRISTMAS SUPERSTITIONSCHRISTMAS SUPERSTITIONS

"To have good health throughout the next year, eat an apple on Christmas Eve,""To have good health throughout the next year, eat an apple on Christmas Eve,""Eatplum pudding on Christmas and avoid losing a friend before next Christmas.""Eatplum pudding on Christmas and avoid losing a friend before next Christmas."

"The child born on Christmas Day will have a special fortune.""The child born on Christmas Day will have a special fortune.""Wearing new shoes on Christmas Day will bring bad luck.""Wearing new shoes on Christmas Day will bring bad luck."

In Ireland it is believed the gates of Heaven open at midnight on Christmas Eve. In Ireland it is believed the gates of Heaven open at midnight on Christmas Eve. Those who die then go straight to Heaven.Those who die then go straight to Heaven.

If you refuse a mince pie at Christmas dinner, you will have bad luck for the coming If you refuse a mince pie at Christmas dinner, you will have bad luck for the coming day.day.

If you eat a raw egg before eating anything else on Christmas morning, you will be If you eat a raw egg before eating anything else on Christmas morning, you will be able to carry heavy weights.able to carry heavy weights.

"Snow on Christmas means Easter will be green.""Snow on Christmas means Easter will be green.""Good luck will come to the home where a fire is kept burning throughoutthe "Good luck will come to the home where a fire is kept burning throughoutthe

Christmas season."Christmas season.""Place shoes by side on Christmas Eve to prevent a quarreling family,""Place shoes by side on Christmas Eve to prevent a quarreling family,"

"A dear star-filled sky on Christmas Eve will bring good crops in the summer.""A dear star-filled sky on Christmas Eve will bring good crops in the summer.""A blowing wind on Christmas Day brings good luck.""A blowing wind on Christmas Day brings good luck."

In Greece, some people burn their old shoes during the Christmas season to prevent In Greece, some people burn their old shoes during the Christmas season to prevent misfortunes in the coming year.misfortunes in the coming year.

In the Swedish countryside, from cock crow to daybreak on Christmas morning the In the Swedish countryside, from cock crow to daybreak on Christmas morning the trolls {wicked elves) roam about.trolls {wicked elves) roam about.

In Devonshire, England, a girl raps at the henhouseIn Devonshire, England, a girl raps at the henhousedoor on Christmas Eve. If a rooster crows, she wilt marry within the year.door on Christmas Eve. If a rooster crows, she wilt marry within the year.

You will have as many happy months in the coming year, as the number of houses You will have as many happy months in the coming year, as the number of houses you eat mince pies in during Christmastime.you eat mince pies in during Christmastime.

"Shout 'Christmas Gift' to the first person knocking on your door on Christmas Day "Shout 'Christmas Gift' to the first person knocking on your door on Christmas Day and expect to receive a gift from the visitor."and expect to receive a gift from the visitor."

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SPORTING SUPERSTITIONSSPORTING SUPERSTITIONS

Many players think that they'll play better if they follow certain rituals Many players think that they'll play better if they follow certain rituals before a match.before a match.

Some always tie the laces of their right boot first. Others kiss their football Some always tie the laces of their right boot first. Others kiss their football shirts before the march. Some people say that double numbers on a shirts before the march. Some people say that double numbers on a

player'splayer'sshirt could bring good luck.shirt could bring good luck.

David Beckham wears a new pair of boots for every match!David Beckham wears a new pair of boots for every match!World-famous racing driver, Michael Scriumacher, is one of many racing World-famous racing driver, Michael Scriumacher, is one of many racing

drivers who believes that a ritual will help him win. He always gets into his drivers who believes that a ritual will help him win. He always gets into his car in the same way before a race. For him the left-hand side of the car is car in the same way before a race. For him the left-hand side of the car is the lucky side but that is not enough: he makes certain thaf he puts his the lucky side but that is not enough: he makes certain thaf he puts his

right foot into the car first! A strong superstition in the racing world is that right foot into the car first! A strong superstition in the racing world is that the colour green is unlucky.the colour green is unlucky.

The last person to get the ball in the basket in a pre-mafch warm up will The last person to get the ball in the basket in a pre-mafch warm up will have a good game. If you wipe the soles of your sneakers, you will have a good game. If you wipe the soles of your sneakers, you will

definitely have better luck. Michael Jordan always wore blue shorts under definitely have better luck. Michael Jordan always wore blue shorts under his uniform to bring him luck. The famous tennis player Goran Ivanisevich his uniform to bring him luck. The famous tennis player Goran Ivanisevich has a strict pre-game ritual. When in London, he books the same table of has a strict pre-game ritual. When in London, he books the same table of the same restaurant and orders the same feast offish soup, lamb and ice the same restaurant and orders the same feast offish soup, lamb and ice

cream with chocolate sauce.cream with chocolate sauce.British number one, Tim Henman, has a favourite shower cubicle at British number one, Tim Henman, has a favourite shower cubicle at

Wimbledon, which he uses before and after his matches. He refuses to use Wimbledon, which he uses before and after his matches. He refuses to use any other shower cubicle.any other shower cubicle.

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WEDDING SUPERSTITIONSWEDDING SUPERSTITIONS

In the United Kingdom, it is traditional to save the top layer of your wedding cake for the christening of In the United Kingdom, it is traditional to save the top layer of your wedding cake for the christening of your first child.your first child.

A superstition from Mexico has it that the bride cannot wear pearls in her wedding day for the pearls are A superstition from Mexico has it that the bride cannot wear pearls in her wedding day for the pearls are the tears she will cry in her marriage.the tears she will cry in her marriage.

If a bride cries on her wedding day, those shall be the last tears she ever sheds over her marriage. Rain on If a bride cries on her wedding day, those shall be the last tears she ever sheds over her marriage. Rain on your wedding day means you will have many children.your wedding day means you will have many children.

Superstition has it that if there is a full moon 1 -2 days before the wedding, then your married life will be Superstition has it that if there is a full moon 1 -2 days before the wedding, then your married life will be filled with luck and good fortune.Chinese superstition says that carrying an open red umbrella over the filled with luck and good fortune.Chinese superstition says that carrying an open red umbrella over the bride will protect her from evil spirits.In the Chinese culture, the colour red brings good luck. Often the bride will protect her from evil spirits.In the Chinese culture, the colour red brings good luck. Often the

decorations are red, monetary gifts are given in little red envelopes, and the bride dresses red.It is bad luck decorations are red, monetary gifts are given in little red envelopes, and the bride dresses red.It is bad luck to use red roses in the bridal bouquet. It will end in the death of a marriage. To lose your wedding ring to use red roses in the bridal bouquet. It will end in the death of a marriage. To lose your wedding ring

means to lose your husband. means to lose your husband. Married in White, you have chosen right, Married in White, you have chosen right,

Married in Grey, you will go far away,Married in Grey, you will go far away, Married in Black, you will wish yourself back, Married in Black, you will wish yourself back, Married in Red, you will wish yourself dead, Married in Red, you will wish yourself dead,

Married in Green, ashamed to be seen, Married in Green, ashamed to be seen, Married in Blue, you will always be true,Married in Blue, you will always be true, Married in Pearl, you wi!l live in a whirl, Married in Pearl, you wi!l live in a whirl,

Married in Yellow, ashamed of your fellow, Married in Yellow, ashamed of your fellow, Married in Brown, you will live in the town, Married in Brown, you will live in the town,

Married in Pink, your spirit will sink.Married in Pink, your spirit will sink. If is bad luck for any other dress to be longer than the bride's dress. It is bad luck for the bride to try on If is bad luck for any other dress to be longer than the bride's dress. It is bad luck for the bride to try on her wedding gown before the wedding day. If she does, most likely that the wedding ceremony will not go her wedding gown before the wedding day. If she does, most likely that the wedding ceremony will not go

through. In the Italian culture, tRe groom has to carry a piece of iron in his pocket to keep the evil eye through. In the Italian culture, tRe groom has to carry a piece of iron in his pocket to keep the evil eye (mal'ochino) away from him and his bride. The iron is supposed to reflect the evil spirits and banish them.In (mal'ochino) away from him and his bride. The iron is supposed to reflect the evil spirits and banish them.In

Japanese and Chinese culture, th'e number "four" is synonymous with "death". The numbers nine Japanese and Chinese culture, th'e number "four" is synonymous with "death". The numbers nine (eternity), eight (prosperity), two (harmony), six (prosperity) are lucky.(eternity), eight (prosperity), two (harmony), six (prosperity) are lucky.

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SUPERSTITIONSSUPERSTITIONS in my familyin my familySUPERSTITIONSSUPERSTITIONS in my familyin my family

Our family doesn't believe mostly in all superstitions. But there are some of them we Our family doesn't believe mostly in all superstitions. But there are some of them we beware. They are;beware. They are;1) the black cat;1) the black cat;2) spilling salt;2) spilling salt;

3) breaking the mirror.3) breaking the mirror.Va/eriy; My mother believes in some superstitions. For example, she tries not to open un Va/eriy; My mother believes in some superstitions. For example, she tries not to open un umbrella in a house. Frankly speaking, I believe in superstitions, too. And if I see a black umbrella in a house. Frankly speaking, I believe in superstitions, too. And if I see a black cat, I turn and go another way. As to my father, he does not believe in things like these, cat, I turn and go another way. As to my father, he does not believe in things like these, he thinks that that is very stupid. The number 1 3 is lucky for us - on this day everything he thinks that that is very stupid. The number 1 3 is lucky for us - on this day everything

is OK!is OK!When you believe in things that you don't understand I think you suffer. That's why it's When you believe in things that you don't understand I think you suffer. That's why it's interesting and useful for us to learn more about such incomprehensible and strange interesting and useful for us to learn more about such incomprehensible and strange

things as superstitions!things as superstitions!Anna: My family doesn't believe in superstitions. Everybody, except my grandmother, Anna: My family doesn't believe in superstitions. Everybody, except my grandmother,

thinks that it's really stupid. Only my grandmother believes in every thing. And I have to thinks that it's really stupid. Only my grandmother believes in every thing. And I have to say that this annoys all my family.say that this annoys all my family.

Andny: We believe in superstitions. And I think that we should take them seriously.Andny: We believe in superstitions. And I think that we should take them seriously.It's very pity that we don't know al! of them. This knowledge would help us to prevent It's very pity that we don't know al! of them. This knowledge would help us to prevent

worries.worries.Olena.'To my mind some superstitions are stupid: such as Friday the 13th or black cat. I Olena.'To my mind some superstitions are stupid: such as Friday the 13th or black cat. I don't mind such superstitions. But I often make a wish when I stand between two people don't mind such superstitions. But I often make a wish when I stand between two people

with the same names.with the same names.Zhenia: My father believes in superstitions. To his mind the most well-known Zhenia: My father believes in superstitions. To his mind the most well-known

superstitions are knocking on wood and Friday the 1 3th. When my father sees a person superstitions are knocking on wood and Friday the 1 3th. When my father sees a person with empty bucket he knows something will be bad. Frankly speaking my mother with empty bucket he knows something will be bad. Frankly speaking my mother

believes only in dreams. And as for me I try not to think about this.believes only in dreams. And as for me I try not to think about this.Stasya: We don't believe in superstitions. Superstitions are not for us. In our family Stasya: We don't believe in superstitions. Superstitions are not for us. In our family

number 1.3 is a lucky one.number 1.3 is a lucky one.