What Is A Superstition? A List Of Good And Bad Superstitions From Around The World.

A Superstition is a belief or practice that is considered irrational or supernatural. Is is a statement or thing that doesn’t have much if any physical facts or evidence in the physical World. Since it cannot be proven to some then it cannot be real. But to the people that considers themselves “Awakened” swear by some if not all of these superstitions. Some people have been through situations that matched the exact outcome to what is called “Myths” by others. Many people have been through experiences in life that gave them the same experience as the outcomes of the superstitions, bringing Fear and Truth to these Myths. As the years go by more Myths are being added to the superstitions list as it is being passed down to the modern world.

Some Superstitions Are As Follows:

Trimming Nails At Night

It’s bad luck to trim your finger or toenails after dark, according to superstitions in Turkey, India and South Korea. One Japanese superstition even claims you could have a premature death. Historically, knives or other sharp cutting tools would be used to trim long nails. Darkness plus sharp objects and a then-lack of medical access could have equaled deadly infections.

Never Say “Happy Birthday” Too Early

Celebrating your birthday early or congratulating someone on a birthday before the day arrives brings bad luck, according to the Russian superstition.

Spilling Water Behind

In Serbia it’s believed to bring good luck to someone if you drip or spill water behind them.

Wedding Bells Wards Off Evil

Irish brides have been known to wear bells on their dresses to ward off evil spirits who might try to ruin their marriage.

Don’t Walk Backwards

In Portugal, it’s considered bad luck to walk backwards. The common belief is that if you walk backwards that you’re showing the devil which way you are going.

Don’t Walk Under The Ladder!

This common superstition arises from a Christian belief in the Holy Trinity. When a ladder is leaning against a wall it forms a triangle, “breaking” that triangle was said to bring you bad luck.

Avoid Sleeping With Your Head To The North

According to the Japanese sleeping with your head facing the north is bad luck because that’s how the deceased are laid to rest.

Don’t Go Home Right After A Funeral

A Filipino tradition called “pagpag” dictates that people never go straight house after a funeral. Otherwise a bad spirit might tag along and come inside with you. Mourners shoul make a stop at a restaurant or store first just in case.

Don’t Cheers With Water

A German superstition declares that if you cheers with water you’re actually wishing death upon the people you’re drinking with. This idea stems from Greek mythology.

Purse/Wallet On The Ground

In certain Central and South American countries as well as the Philippines states that resting your purse or wallet on the ground will lead to bad financial luck. In other on-the-ground-bad-luck superstitions, sitting directly on the cold ground can lead to a woman never having children, according to Russian myth.

Never Stick Your Chopstick Straight Up

Poking chopsticks down into your food is a big no-no in Japan. The utensils look like the unlucky number four, which means death, and also the incense sticks used at funerals.

Birds Flying Into Your Home

An old wives tale says that a bird flying into your home is a bad sign, especially if the bird circles the room and lands on the back of someone’s chair and then leaves. That supposedly means the person whose chair the bird chose would die. A more specific flying death omen can be found in Mexican and Caribbean folklore: the black witch moth. The moth is bat-shaped, dark in color, nocturnal and pretty big. Female moths can have wingspans of around six and a half inches.

Don’t Place Two Mirrors Opposite Each Other

The infinite reflections may look cool, but in Mexico and elsewhere facing mirrors open a doorway for the devil.

Be Wary Of Full Moons

Full moons are commonly associated with chaos (even if you’re not convinced werewolves are, or ever were, real). According to Bustle, it’s a popular superstition in hospitals.

Don’t Sing At The Dinner Table

This is something else you shouldn’t do during your evening supper. Apparently, in the Netherlands, singing your favorite tune means you’re singing to the devil for your food.

Don’t Walk Into A Room With Your Left Foot

In Spain, walking into a room with your left foot will bring you bad luck. It’s always better to enter or leave with your right.

Hide Your Thumbs When Passing A Graveyard

People tend to hold their breath when they pass cemeteries, but in Japan, you must tuck your thumbs in to protect your parents. (The Japanese word for thumb translates as “parent-finger,” so hiding it protects them from death.)

 Toasting Water

Want to wish death upon someone, toast to them with water, at least that’s according to German superstition. This tale is derived from Greek myth where the spirits of the dead would drink the water from the river Lethe. Lethe, the goddess and river of forgetfulness, would cause the spirit to forget its earthly past before it passed on into the underworld.

Evil Eye

Has someone ever complimented something you own only for it to later to be broken or ruined? Some superstitious folk might say that was the evil eye at work. To guard against such disastrous gazes, people in Turkey have an amulet called the “nazar boncuğu.” The charms are typically blue and white (blue is thought to be a ward of the evil eye as well), and resemble an eye themselves.

Black Cats Crossing Your Path

This superstition comes from a old beliefs that witches were often said to take the form of a domestic animals like the black cat or black bird.

A Rabbits Foot Brings You Luck

Talismans and amulets helps to fend off evil spirits. Crosses and garlic that are supposed to keep vampires at bay. Rabbit feet as talismans may hark back to early Celtic tribes in Britain. They may also arise from hoodoo, a form of African-American folk magic and superstition that blends Native American, European and African tradition.

Bad Luck Comes In Threes

Remember confirmation bias? The belief that bad luck comes in threes is a classic example. A couple of things go wrong, and believers may start to look for the next bit of bad luck.

Give A Penny If You’ve Received Something Sharp

Gifting anything with a blade can supposedly sever a relationship, so if you receive a knife set or a pair of scissors as a present, give the person a coin in return.

Don’t Jump Over A Child

Another thing you shouldn’t do in Turkey? Jump over a child. Doing this will curse them to be short.

Listen For Awkward Silences

People associate awkward silences with a lot of different things, but some, according to Stylist, believe that when these lulls occur, an angel is passing over.

Throw Salt Over Your Shoulder If You Spill It

We all have that one friend who can’t help themselves (or maybe you’re that friend). Interestingly enough, Bustle reports that long ago, salt was used as currency — it was how Roman soldiers were paid.


Not whistling in general, but specifically whistling indoors and at the sun are both ill-advised actions according to Russian and Norwegian superstitions, respectively. Whistling indoors supposedly leads to financial problems in Russia. In Norway, whistling at the sun supposedly causes rain.

Breaking Mirrors

According to folklore, breaking a mirror is a surefire way to doom yourself to seven years of bad luck. The superstition seems to arise from the belief that mirrors don’t just reflect your image; they hold bits of your soul. That belief led people in the old days of the American South to cover mirrors in a house when someone died, lest their soul be trapped inside.


Three sixes in a row give some people the chills. It’s a superstition that harks back to the Bible. In the Book of Revelation, 666 is given as the number of the “beast,” and is often interpreted as the mark of Satan and a sign of the end times.

Knock On Wood

This phrase is almost like a verbal talisman, designed to ward off bad luck after tempting fate: “Breaking that mirror didn’t bring me any trouble, knock on wood.”

The fixation on wood may come from old myths about good spirits in trees or from an association with the Christian cross. Similar phrases abound in multiple languages, suggesting that the desire not to upset a spiteful universe is very common.

Make A Wish On A Wishbone

The tradition of turkey bone tug-of-war goes back a long way. Legend has it that first-century Romans used to fight over dried wishbones — which they believed were good luck and would accidentally break them, ushering in the idea that whoever has the largest bit of bone gets their wish. Bird bones have also been used in divination throughout history, with a supposed soothsayer throwing the bones and reading their patterns to predict the future.

Cross Your Fingers

Those wishing for luck will often cross one finger over another, a gesture that’s said to date back to early Christianity. The story goes that two people used to cross index fingers when making a wish, a symbol of support from a friend to the person making the wish. (Anything associated with the shape of the Christian cross was thought to  be good luck.) The tradition gradually became something people could do on their own; these days, just saying “fingers crossed” is enough to get the message, well, across.

No Umbrellas Inside

Opening an umbrella indoors is supposed to bring bad luck, though the origins of this belief are murky. Legends abound, from a story of an ancient Roman woman who happened to have opened her umbrella moments before her house collapsed, to the tale of a British prince who accepted two umbrellas from a visiting king and died within months. Like the “don’t walk under a ladder” superstition, this seems to be a case of a myth arising to keep people from doing something that is slightly dangerous in the first place.

Friday The 13th

Friday has long been considered an unlucky day (according to Christian tradition, Jesus died on a Friday), and 13 has a long history as an unlucky number.

Find A Penny, Pick It Up

And all day long, you’ll have good luck. This little ditty may arise because finding money is lucky in and of itself. But it might also be a spin-off of another old rhyme, “See a pin, pick it up/ and all day long you’ll have good luck/ See a pin, let it lay/ and your luck will pass away.”

Sitting At The Corner Of A Table

According to Hungarian and Russian superstitions, and surely others as well, sitting at the corner of the table is bad luck. The unlucky diner will never get married.

Owls Are Bad Omens

There’s an Egyptian superstition that if you see or hear an owl, terrible news is coming.Also, an Italian superstition says that if an owl ends up in your house, someone in your family will die. But hoo?

Giving Yellow Flowers Is Not A Nice Gesture

Gifting yellow flowers in Russia means that you’re cursing your friend with infertility.

Keep Your New Shoes Off The Table

In Britain it’s considered bad luck because it is supposed to symbolize the death of a loved one. Back in the day, placing someone’s shoes on a table was a way to let their family know that they passed away.

Bird Poop Brings Good Fortune

According to a Russian superstition, bird poop that lands on you or something that belongs to you will bring you wealth , something to keep in mind the next time you’re reading under a tree.