Superstitions

Superstitions in Ukraine.

Superstitions which bring you a good luck.

-If you are going to buy flowers for somebody, make sure the number is odd, even numbers are for funerals. Don't be surprised when the seller asks you, "Are they for a funeral?" while you are trying to buy four roses.

-When you are celebrating a birthday, it is tradition to celebrate it on the day or after, but it is considered bad luck to party before the day arrives.

-An unmarried girl mustn't sit at the corner of a table, or she won't be wed for seven years. So, if she is 15 only, it might be okay.

-DON'T THROW AWAY BREAD! Even if it is bad/ moldy/ crumbs from the table. Bread became pretty much sacred after the famine, orchestrated by the former Soviet Union. Feed what you cannot eat to the animals on the street;

-If you pass a black cat way, you'll be unlucky for a while( if it happen on  friday 13th, you'll be unlucky for a longer time.)

It's probably impossible to know all of the superstitions. Some are very common, but some are taken seriously only by a limited number of older people.

Here are some of them:

-It's good luck to break a dish;

-If someone gives good wishes, or you talk about your good fortune, you must spit three times over your left shoulder to keep your good fortune. If this strikes you as too bizarre, then knocking on wood should also produce the desired effect;

-Before leaving a house for a long time journey, you and everyone in the house should sit for a minute in silence;

-Ensure that all your debts are settled before 31st December; otherwise you will be in debt for the whole of the next year;

-Before entering a newly built house, send a cat in first to greet the house spirit;

-If a knife falls down from the table, a male guest will come soon. If a spoon or a fork falls down, a female guest will come soon. If you don't want them to come, you have to immediately knock three times with the utensil on the table and say 'stay at home';

-If someone gives you an animal as a gift, you should give them a symbolic sum of money. One hryvnya is enough.

-If you do not recognize someone when you see them or call them on the phone, this person will get rich.

Superstitions which bring you a bad luck.

   I don't believe in any of this superstitions. Because if every cat whom way I had passed, brought me a bad luck, I must be unlucky for the rest of my life and at the moment I fell a good luck. But I understand why some people believe in them.

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