San Geraldo came upon an interesting article on Spanish superstitions. The first one he read to me explained that it’s bad luck to put a hat on a bed. Mine is not to reason why. Here’s a short list; there are many more.
Don’t buy knives or scissors as a gift. Tradition says this means that the relationship will be broken. I know a couple that just gave another couple a set of knives as a wedding gift. Uh oh!
Don’t Break a Leg
In many countries,”break a leg” is the standard way to wish good luck before a theatre performance. In Spain you’re supposed to wish someone “mucha mierda” or “loads of shit.”
We’ve always been told cats have nine lives. Here in Spain, the poor things have only seven.
Don’t Sweep Him Off His Feet
If, while sweeping with a broom, you accidentally brush the feet of someone who’s single, they’ll never get married. (My sister was always told the same thing would result if she ate the last of anything. So, for example, she always left me one Oreo — but never more than one.)
Never give yellow clothing as a gift, especially to a baby (something about yellow representing sulphur and the Devil). Also, don’t wear yellow on the day of something important — or to someone’s wedding.
|WATER TO DRINK.
BEER TO TOAST.
When toasting, always look each person in the eye. And, it’s bad luck to toast with a glass of water. Fortunately, beer and wine here are cheaper than bottled water.
Grapes in Red Underwear
You may remember that at midnight on New Year’s Eve in Spain we eat 12 grapes for luck and prosperity — one for each clock chime (click here for that blog post). I’ve learned that wearing red underwear will also help. (I’ll have photos to share New Year’s Day.)
Right Foot First
You should always enter a room right foot first. Apparently, misfortune enters a room with the left foot. However, if you accidentally enter a room left foot first, you can counter the bad luck by making the sign of the cross three times. (I’ll take my chances.)
It’s Not About the Leather
Spaniards believe that leaving your handbag on the floor will result in you losing all your money. And that would explain why our friends and neighbours get so upset when San Geraldo places his bag at his feet in cafes. I always thought they were concerned about the expensive leather.
Tuesday the 13th
Tuesday and not Friday is the unlucky day here. Don’t get married or start a trip on that day.
Fortunately, I’m not at all superstitious. So, I’ll continue to do all of the above without suffering any ill consequences.
(I’ve got my fingers crossed. Knock on wood. And poo poo poo away all you evil spirits!)
When you believe in things that you don’t understand…