Friday the 13th. The mention of it alone causes clammy palms and elevated heart rates. Of course, speaking logically, Friday the 13th is just like any other day. There’s no reason to scream in terror when a black cat walks by or for extra incentive to avoid walking under a ladder—which is already something you shouldn’t do, as a safety precaution.
However, studies say that there are more than 17 million individuals who are horrified of Friday the 13th. The title for individuals with this phobia is friggatriskaidekaphobics.
But enough with the fears and bad luck, this blog is about being positive and living happily.
So, I thought it would be neat to explore customs and habits from around the world (all home living related) that are said to bring good luck and fortune. It’s by no means a comprehensive list, so if there is some habit or tradition that you know of, we’d love to hear about it.
Here are just a few that I’ve recently learned about:
- If a bird goes to the bathroom on your house, it is a sign of riches to come.
- When you move into a new home/apartment, scatter coins to attract wealth.
- Place fennel (an herb) over your door to ward off scary monsters.
- Placing an acorn on the windowsill will protect you from storms and lightning.
- Eat noodles for good luck and longevity–The longer the noodle, the better.
Similar to validating Friday the 13th, there’s no strictly logical reason to believe in these good-luck traditions either. However, I think it’s very cool to learn about other traditions, beliefs, and superstitions about luck and well-being.
And as always, we enjoy hearing from you! Do you or anyone you know “celebrate” Friday the 13th? How about “good-luck” habits? Share in the comments down below.