14 Superstitions From Around The World To Make 2017 Your Luckiest Year Yet

14 Superstitions From Around The World To Make 2017 Your Luckiest Year Yet

I don’t know about you but boy, am I glad to see the back of 2016! What seemed like one of the unluckiest years in memory is now over and we’re ready to start afresh. To really kick this year in to gear, we searched high, low, and across the globe to bring you a few do’s and don’ts for a luckier 2017…

For centuries, folklore and old wives tales have been an integral part of how we live day to day, but this isn’t just a trait of the UK. Many countries around the world have their own unique superstitions, some reasonable, others might seem a little more out there (to us anyway!).

There are a lot of superstitions around that are said to bring about misfortune or bad luck for those involved, but some are said to bring good luck and fortune too! Here we’re going to look at some of those superstitions and in particular, those about the house and home.

Don’t Tempt Fate

Tempting fate; we’re all guilty of doing it, but why? Make a resolution right now to stop enticing wicked vibes in to your life, and while you’re at it, avoid any of the following to keep fate at bay.

Starting with the UK, we’ve probably all been told off for putting our shoes on the table at some point. Aside from being quite unhygienic, it’s meant to tempt fate but why? Well, it’s said to stem from an old mining tradition where, when a coal miner died in a colliery accident, his shoes would be placed on the table as a mark of respect. Therefore, placing your shoes on a table in the same manner is said to be tempting death…


Never put your shoes on the table

In the UK, not even your bread is safe! This one is more commonly referred to in the North of England, but we don’t think fate takes in to consideration boundary lines. It’s said that if you cut both end off a load, then the devil himself will fly over your house! We’re not entirely sure why the devil feels so strongly about the crust-end, but why tempt fate?


The devil flying over your house

It’s also believed that if a corpse was near-by, then your loaf wouldn’t rise when baked… We’re hoping our soggy bottoms are down to less-than-Mary-Berry grade cooking skills rather than a corpse outside our kitchen…

Other countries that believe certain practices will encourage evil, include Spain, Ireland and Korea.

Spain On the 1st November, All Saints Day, itís commonplace to keep your bedroom windows shut. On this day, the souls of the dead are said to roam free and can enter your house through open windows…


Keep your windows closed on all saints day

Ireland Rocking an empty rocking chair can welcome evil spirits into your home, according to Irish folklore. If your rocking chair moves on its own, you might already have a visitor…


An empty rocking chair can invite evil spirits in to your home

Korea In Korean culture, there is a belief that when moving from your old house to a new one, evil spirits can follow you in the process! It’s customary to only move on days when evil spirits arenít present and there are special calendars available to determine when that is. Moving companies will also accommodate for the superstition…


Only move on specific days to avoid bad omens following you to your new home

In India it is considered bad form, and bad luck, to sweep your house after dark. According to superstition, doing so will encourage Lakshmi, the Hindu Goddess of wealth, fortune, and prosperity, to walk out of your home. Want her to stay? Save the cleaning for the day time.


Goddess Lakshmi leaving a house

Been putting off getting that clock fixed? You might grab yourself a new set of batteries sooner rather than later after hearing this. In the United States, it’s believed that if a broken clock suddenly chimes, then there will be a death in your family. Why tempt fate when you can pick up a set of batteries on your way home tonight?


Clock with skulls

Having a little tidy-up? It might be time to re-think your entrance hall. According to Philippine superstition, a mirror placed directly opposite the front door to your home will automatically deflect any good luck trying to enter!


Mirror on the wall

Finally, one of our favourite weird and wonderful “don’ts” for 2017. According to superstition in Korea, you should never leave an electric fan running overnight in a room with the windows and doors closed. Doing so could lead to “fan death” via suffocation or hypothermia… Who knew?


Fan death in Korea

Do Give These Global Good Luck Charms a Go…

We’re not just going to give you a big long list of things to avoid doing… we’ve got a few good luck charms up our sleeves, too! Countries such as Norway and Denmark all have their own unique traditions and superstitions when it comes to bringing good luck.

Scandinavian countries are steeped in Pagan history and many superstitions are routed in nature, this is particularly true of Norway who will place acorns on windowsills to prevent lightning strikes.


Acorns on a windowsill to prevent lightning strikes in Norway


Feeding the local trolls is also a great way to bring good luck and keep misfortune away from your home in Norway simply place a nice hot bowl of Christmas porridge (check out this mouth-watering recipe for risgrøt at The Modern Proper) on your doorstep and you’ll be just fine!


Porridge placed outside

Denmark like to live a little more dangerously when it comes to superstitions. Throwing old dishes on the doorstep of your friends and family is considered to bring them good luck. Definitely not one for the faint-hearted and safety gear is advised!


Smashed dishes in front of a door

In Iceland, moving house on a rainy day is considered to be lucky. Perhaps this is just a way to put a positive spin on the oftentimes unpredictable weather.


Moving house in Iceland

In Portugal, spilling wine on the table is said to bring happiness to the whole house. This doesn’t mean you can chuck a glass of wine on the table and expect the good times to roll (who’s wasting wine like that, anyway?) but accidentally spilling a drop during a dinner party is a good sign.


Wine spill on a table

Superstitions such as those we see here, have most probably been around for what seems like forever and have been passed down through many generations. But even if we say we donít believe, thereís always that one little bit of us that wonders what if?

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