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18 Weird Superstitions You Practice Without Even Knowing

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18 Weird Superstitions You Practice Without Even Knowing

4. Modern Halloween is all about parties, costumes, and trick or treats. But the concept of dressing up for Halloween originally came from the notion to ward off evil spirits, ghosts, and ghouls by deceiving them.

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18 Weird Superstitions You Practice Without Even Knowing

5. Putting carved pumpkins outside on Halloween is derived from traditions related to the Celtic festival of the dead. Our ancestors left treats and carved turnips outside for departed loved ones and to scare away tricksters from beyond the grave.

6. People had middle names as it prevented others from putting a curse on them. People kept their middle names hidden as a full name is required for spells and curses. So if someone didn’t know about your legal middle name, they won’t be able to curse you.

7. In many cultures it is believed that leaving your shoes facing upside down on the ground can lead to your mother’s death.

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18 Weird Superstitions You Practice Without Even Knowing

8. We celebrate and make loud noises at midnight on New Year’s Eve in order to ward off and scare away ghouls and evil spirits.

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18 Weird Superstitions You Practice Without Even Knowing

9. On New Year’s Eve, we kiss exactly at midnight to send love and positive energy to each other and to purify one another of negative energies in the new year.

10. Clinking your glasses and saying cheers right before drinking is a way to make peace. In Feudal England, opposing forces clinked their glasses and mugs filled with beer or ale and made peace with each other. It was done to spill a little bit of your drink into the glass of the other person to make sure the drink was not poisoned.

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18 Weird Superstitions You Practice Without Even Knowing

11. At a funeral, church bells are rung to ward off evil spirits as they may carry the soul of the deceased person to hell. 

12. In a wedding, bridesmaids are traditionally young women of marriageable age who are unwed. Originally, bridesmaids wore the same dress as the bride and heavily veiled their faces to protect the bride and to confuse evil spirits and jealous suitors.

13. Wedding rings are worn on the left-hand ring finger as it is believed that a vein goes directly from that finger to your heart. It helps to keep the symbol of love and commitment close to your heart and makes your marriage blissful.

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18 Weird Superstitions You Practice Without Even Knowing

14. Fireworks were invented by the Chinese. Originally, fireworks were set off by the Chinese in the new year to ward off evil spirits.

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18 Weird Superstitions You Practice Without Even Knowing

15. We hold our breath while driving by a cemetery as it is believed that each breath may wake a resting spirit or your breath may make the spirits jealous as you’re still alive and they’re not.

16. Knocking on wood is one of the most popular superstitions practiced in many cultures around the world. It is believed that you can bring good luck and ward off misfortune by knocking on wood. In paganism, it is believed that knocking on the tree trunks can help to wake up and release spirits for good fortune.

17. In Japan, the number 4 is considered unlucky as it sounds like the pronunciation of the word “death”. Four is pronounced as “shi”, which is the same as death. Similarly, number 9 is also considered unlucky as it is spoken as “ku” in Japanese. The word “ku” also means torture, agony, and suffering.

18. It is believed that “666” is the number of the Devil. According to the Book of Revelation, three sixes in a row are said to be the number of the “beast” and a sign of the apocalypse. However, the author of the book was actually writing coded messages for persecuted Christians. The name “beast” and the number “666” are actually contemporary references. In Hebrew, the numeric equivalent of three sixes in a row referred to Nero, the first-century Roman Emperor.

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How superstitious are you?

Which of these beliefs do you believe? How many of these superstitions do you practice? The truth is, we all do some small things that we believe will bring us good luck and avoid bad luck, whether we like to admit it or not.

If believing something makes you a little bit luckier and makes life a bit easier, then it couldn’t hurt. Could it? As long as our beliefs, even if they are irrational, give us the confidence to face challenges, helps to boost our performance, and relieve our stress and anxiety, there’s nothing wrong with being a bit superstitious.

However, it is also important that you believe in yourself and your efforts more than supernatural forces which may or may not affect the outcome.


18 Weird Superstitions You Practice Without Even Realizing It
18 Weird Superstitions You Practice Without Even Realizing It
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18 Weird Superstitions You Practice Without Even Knowing
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18 Weird Superstitions You Practice Without Even Knowing
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