You've probably heard your mother tell you not to go swimming after eating on more than one occasion. Or maybe you've been told to avoid crossing paths with black cats, walking under ladders, or that bad news comes in threes. These are all popular old wives' tales in the United States. People pass around superstitions for a number of reasons, but the main reason is fear. Keep reading so you can find out about superstitions from around the world and put an end to some of these silly, outdated beliefs.
#1. If you ever visit Hungary don't do this or you might upset some people.
Never make a toast with beer. Apparently, the Austrians used to cheer with beer when they celebrated their victory over Hungary. The Hungarians pledged to observe "no cheers with beers" for 150 years, but to this day many Hungarians still don't clink beers.
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#2. According to Italian tradition, it's extremely unlucky to lay bread on a table or in a basket upside down.
It's believed that the bread represents the body of Christ, so laying it upside down is a sign of disrespect to the son of god. So if you're getting weird looks while eating at a restaurant in Italy, check to make sure that your bread is sitting the correct way.
#3. Apparently, you should never get married on a Tuesday in any Latin American country.
It's not only extremely difficult to get people together in the middle of the week for a celebration, but it's also believed that getting married on a Tuesday will cause the relationship to receive bad luck.
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#4. There are many superstitions that are related to sailors, but this one really takes the cake.
In parts of Europe, it is believed that if you use a candle to light a cigarette, then a sailor will surely die. It's rumored that the superstition came from the fact that sailors used to make extra money by selling matches, so using a candle instead of a match took money out of the sailor's pocket, ultimately causing his death.
#5. Forgetting something at home isn't easily forgiven in certain parts of the world.
In fact, it's actually considered bad luck to return home if you forget something in certain parts of Eastern Europe and Central Asia. If it's imperative that you go back home to retrieve what you forgot, you must look into a mirror, and in some cases smile, before you can set off on your journey again.