Spooky Season is far from over but the superstitions don’t have to stop. Today is December 13th; better known as ‘Friday the 13th’ an unlucky day in Western superstition. On this day, airline prices tend to dip, people will get crazy random tattoos and something in the air may feel “weird.” *Cue Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition”*
In the Christian tradition, Friday has long been considered an unlucky day; Jesus died on a Friday. And 13 is generally considered an unlucky number. However, the frenzy surrounding Friday the 13th is typically dated back to 1907 with Thomas Lawson’s book “Friday, the Thirteenth.” In the novel, a stockbroker who chooses this day to deliberately crash the stock market. And in 1908 The New York Times was the first mainstream media outlet to acknowledge the superstitious day.
In honor of the day and all is quirkiness here are 5 superstitions from around the globe.
- Bird Poop
If you’ve been pooped on by a bird, you know it sucks. But according to this Russian superstition, bird poop that lands on you or something that belongs to you will bring you wealth. The superstition is based on the rare odds of actually being pooped on by a bird.
Gotta get dirty to make some money right?
Who knew scissors could be linked to so many superstitions? Typically, in Egypt leaving scissors open is said to bring extremely bad luck. Opening and closing them without cutting anything is also seen as promoting misfortune. The myth depended on scissors’ function – to cut and separate things – hence the relationships would tear and disperse until you close the scissors again. Thought in Egypt, it is also believed that placing scissors under your pillow while sleeping can help prevent nightmares.
- Greece’s Evil Eye
Complements are viewed very differently in the Greek tradition. The Greeks believe that compliments attract envy or “the evil eye” as they call it. The evil eye is a cast by an envious glare, hence its attachment to compliments and usually given to a person when they are unaware. In Greek theology, the evil eye or vaskania is considered harmful for the one whose envy inflicts it on others as well as for the sufferer
In Athens as well as on other Greek islands, locals will place a painted blue glass eye on their doors and often accessorize with evil eye necklaces and bracelets. Garlic is another way to ward off the evil eye. Sometimes it’s hung in the house or consumed.
The evil eye is a superstition acknowledged globally in places like Italy, Turkey, Ethiopia and more.
- Birthday Blues
In Germany, it is considered bad luck to congratulate someone before their actual birthday. Germans believe if you do so, bad demons will hear good wishes and they will not come true. From this superstition came reinfeiern, a party the night before someone’s birthday where birthday wishes are cast at midnight or afterward.
- Green & Pelabuhan Ratu, Indonesia
If you’re lucky enough to make it to Indonesia one day, be wary of wearing the color green. Many tourists take a serene swim in the sea at Pelabuhan Ratu beach.
Several people who have taken a dip have vanished, as it is believed that Nyi Roro Kidul (Queen of the Southern Sea of Java) takes the lives of those wearing her favorite color…green.