I'm going to let you in on a little secret (okay it's no secret really but work with me). My family is EXTREMELY foreign… and I mean extremely. It's as if my parents took Poland, packed it into their suitcase, and brought it over to America for a better life-- go figure. Now because we're extremely Polish, we have some interesting superstitions that we live by.
Due to the coronacation, I've had the opportunity to communicate this to my friends via Instagram and simultaneously ask them what the weirdest superstition their parents engraved in their mind, that doesn't make sense, yet makes complete sense at the same time.
Here's the 20 most amusing answers that I received, with their corresponding country:
When leaving somewhere, instead of saying "I'm going," you have to say "I'm coming [back] / I'll be back soon" because of the negative connotation that 'I'm leaving has.' It's basically like saying I'm leaving forever.
If you wake up in the middle of the night, you actually just died in your dream.
As you're leaving for the airport, your family and friends should throw water at your car for good luck. You get some good juju and a car wash, I see no wrong done here.
Leaving the house and turning back around to come the same way brings death.
An itchy nose means that you're going to be in a fight
Rubbing an egg on your head when you have a headache or you're sick cures the pain
If someone sweeps over your feet with a broom, you're not getting married
If you leave your purse on the floor, you'll have no money
Celebrating your birthday before it's actual date is bad luck
If you want to sell your house, you have to bury a statue of St.Joseph in the front yard
If you sit on at the corner of the table, you won't get married
If you don't eat the crust (crust of what? I have no clue) you'll never find a boyfriend
If your ear gets really warm/red someone is talking bad about you
Walking barefoot will get you sick
15. Turkey [but corona-fy it]
You can't eat ice cream because it's cold and the coronavirus loves the cold
Please remember that superstitions are "widely held but unjustified belief(s) in supernatural causation leading to certain consequences of an action or event, or a practice based on such a belief," and these are just some beliefs held in different cultures!
Thank you to all my friends who sent in their superstitions, what are some that your family holds?