Let’s be honest, lucky charms in the UK are just a bit, you know, crap.
Finding a four leaf clover? Basically impossible. Saying rabbit every morning? Booooooring. Getting shat on by a bird? Thanks for proving our point.
So if you want to ward off some bad luck this Friday 13th, forget all your British superstitions for the day and instead, get inspired by some of the weirdest ways to ward off bad juju from all around the world.
1. *CRICKET CHIRP*
While the Old Testament (and The Prince of Egypt) might have you thinking a swarm of crickets is one of the worst things that can happen, in China they’re actually a piece of good household luck.
In much of the Far East, thanks to their incessant, alarm-like chirping, crickets are seen as watchdogs who will protect your house from danger.
Unfortunately, while great alarms, they’re pretty terrible at laughing at your hilarious jokes.
2. RECKLESS VANDALISM
Now, this is one we can definitely get involved with.
In Denmark, people save every broken bowl, dish and glass over the year ready for New Year’s Eve… When they chuck the broken plates at their friends’ and family’s houses as a way to wish the recipient good luck in the year to come!
Some Danish children even leave a pile of broken dishes on the doorsteps of neighbours, which would definitely be seen as a lil’ bit threatening in Britain.
3. WALKING ON WATER
Originating from folk stories, the people of Serbia believe that spilling water behind someone is the best way to give good luck.
Whether they’re walking on laminate, marble, or even some 17th century rug, water is thrown on the floor behind any friends or family members.
Now, we’re starting to notice that quite a few of these involve purposefully making a mess…
4. PALAD KHIK
Okay, we tried to think of some way to say this without it sounding so blunt. We really did try. But unfortunately, we failed.
Basically, men in Thailand believe that wearing a palad khik, or a ‘phallic amulet’, will bring them good fortune and protect them from muggings.
Yep, we’ve got more questions than answers too.
5. HEARD IT ON THE GRAPEVINE
Before booking that dream New Year’s Eve trip to Barcelona, just make sure you like grapes first.
‘Cause to usher in the New Year, Spaniards eat 12 grapes in 12 seconds for 12 months of good luck, with the superstition going all the way back to the Middle Ages.
And while we can inhale a burger in approximately 23 seconds, we’re not sure even we can average one grape per second.
6. WEDDING BELLS
You might think that our nearest neighbours, Ireland, couldn’t possibly have any bizarre good luck superstitions, right? RIGHT?
Well, actually… It’s tradition in many Irish weddings for the bride to wear small bells with her wedding dress because the sound is believed to help ward off evil spirits as she walks down the aisle.
Didn’t you know? Evil spirits that want to ruin your marriage are prevented by… Bells. Yes. Okay.
7. LIL’ BIT FISHY
So, the people of Poland love fish. Like, LOVE it. We’re not talking about the way you ‘love’ Harry Styles. We’re talking about the kind of love where they eat fish at Christmas AND carry around fish scales in their purses for good luck.
Yep, it’s THAT kind of love.
8. SALT BAE
While the original Salt Bae might be Turkish, it seems there are hundreds of budding apprentices over in Italy.
You see, Italians believe sprinkling salt will bring good luck and purify an area… So they sprinkle it absolutely everywhere.
All corners of the house. The inside of your parents’ shoes. The steering wheel of your car. We meant it when we said everywhere.
9. MEANT TO BEAN
A bit like Spain and their grape obsession, Argentina also has some strange New Year’s Eve superstitions.
To prepare them for the long year ahead, Argentinians eat beans ALL DAY long on New Year’s Eve. And not even Heinz beans either. We’re talking beans without the sauce, salt, and delicious E numbers. Urgh.
10. WASTING GOOD BOOZE
Okay, so this one left us just a lil’ shook.
In Japan, when a bartender accidentally breaks a bottle of precious booze, do they desperately try to lick up the alcohol? Nope. Make all the bartenders lather their hands in glue? Nope. Replace the floor behind the bar with trampolines? NOPE.
What they actually do is consider the bottle breaking good luck for the bar, and cheer the bartender for his actions… We need to sit down.
11. LEFT IS BEST
It’s safe to say, the chances of stepping in dog poo while walking around France are pretty damn high. So high in fact, tthe crafty French have done their very best to make stepping in dog’s business a positive thing…
Basically, if you feel the unmistakable squelch under your right foot, then you’ve stepped in dog poo with your right foot. If you feel the same thing under your left foot, this means that you’ll have good luck until about the time the smell of poo stops lingering around you.
It’s just science really, folks.
12. Schwein gehabt!
Ain’t German just the most beautiful language?
Not only does everything sound relatively angry, but the phrase ‘schwein gehabt’ translates as ‘got lucky there’, but literally means ‘got pig’ due to how cute lil’ piggies are symbols of good luck, prosperity, and wealth throughout Germany.
For a giant slice of Norweigan luck, you’re going to need acorns. All the acorns.
According to Norse mythology, acorns help resist the wrath of Thor’s hammer, so for centuries Norwegians placed acorns on their windowsills as a means of good fortune.
However, with Chris Hemsworth currently playing Thor, we wonder if Norwegians are still trying to keep him out of their homes…
Now, while most of these probably won’t change your fortune this Friday 13th, we’ve got something that’ll make you feel REAL lucky…
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