Practically everyone, whatever cultural group we belong, all follow particular customs and traditions. Customs and traditions influence our behavior, our preferences and our perception. Now I'm not going to bore you guys with a lengthy thesis about it. I'm going to talk about something else.
Almost every cultural group observe their own superstitious beliefs. My culture is no exception to that. We are mostly Catholics and Christians but that does not mean we don't observe them. Now I'm not going to list every single superstitious belief we follow. I'll just list a few quirky ones. And here are some of them.
1. Do not sweep your house during the evenings; this will "sweep away" all your good luck. I dunno where this originated, but when I was young, my mom and my grandmother was very adamant about this. But I'm stubborn, so I sweep the house regardless what time of day it is. If I see a speck of dust, I sweep it out pronto.
2. When cooking, do not bang the ladle on the wok/pan; this will call on the bad spirits to enter your home. Again, the matrons of the familia strictly imposed this belief. And being the deviant that I am, and the rare moments I make an appearance in the kitchen, I really don't observe this. Whenever some bits of rice or meat sticks on my ladle, BANG! BANG! BANG!
3. Do not sleep when your hair is wet, you'll go blind. Okay, I have to admit, I am guilty of this. hahaha I mean, c'mon it's bad enough I'm almost legally blind when my contacts are out, I do NOT wish to test my luck on this one.
4. A person with a mole in their eye have the ability to see the paranormal. Okay, this is just some urban legend type of belief, but I actually believe this. I know some people who have a mole in their eye, and lemme tell you... They do see the unseen. It's so darn creepy and I am RELIEVED I don't have a mole in my eye. I am such a scaredy-cat to the point that it's borderline silly.
5. Brides should not try on their wedding dress until the wedding day or else, the wedding will not push through. In the past, brides-to-be only get to try on their wedding dress on the day of the wedding. Any alterations and adjustments are done in the 11th hour. But that's not practiced nowadays. And when the time comes when I'll be wed, this will not stop me from trying on my wedding dress for fitting. To me, it's even more bad luck if my wedding dress looks horrible on me.
6. If your palms get itchy, it means you'll receive money soon. It sounds silly, I know, but guess what? I believe this to be true. *hahaha*
7. It's bad luck to keep a broken glass or mirror inside the house or within your store/business. I remember my mom would freak out if any of us breaks a mirror, she would give us an earful as to how dangerous it is and how this will bring bad luck as she hastily cleans up the fragments and throws it out of the house. And this belief has passed on to us. I remember wigging out when my employee didn't throw out the compact mirror at my accessories shelf the minute the customer accidentally dropped and broke it.
8. Before moving to a new house, one should bring the following to the house in the following order: salt, rice, and water. According to the oldies, doing so will bring in good fortune and positive energy to the household.
9. The phase of the moon is very significant when planning very important events. In terms of career and in business, the moon's phase is very crucial in the make or break of a certain career move or business venture. We believe that it's good luck to engage in financial investments and career changes during the waxing of the moon rather than in the waning period.
10. When you meet a funeral procession in the street, throwing a coin will bring you good luck in gambling. The rationale behind this is that, meeting a funeral procession draws in bad spirits towards you, but when you throw a coin, it thwarts the bad spirits away from you and on towards you rivals or enemies. YES I KNOW IT'S SILLY, and I'm no gambler, but what the heck??? I have nothing to lose and more to gain, so yes... whenever I see a hearse coming towards my direction, I would be fumbling my coin compartment like a maniac and throw the first coin I get my fingers on.
Some of these superstitious beliefs may be similar to yours, or these may seem odd, incredulous, or just downright silly. Now why on earth would you write this sort of stuff, you might ask. Well, just recently, we experienced a loss in our family. My uncle passed away after years of battling and finally succumbing to COPD. And just this morning, we laid him to rest. So yes, that's about a week of observing traditions, customs and an overload of superstitious beliefs. And we're not done yet, there are a few more activities that we are set to observe in the coming days.
So my dearies, if you don't mind me asking: what sort of eccentric superstitious beliefs does your culture practice? Do you abide by them or do you simply ignore them?