Indians are regarded as highly educated and advanced when it comes to adopting science and technology. It is true. However they don’t still refrain from following good old superstitions.
You will still see modern Indians follow the below superstitions in everyday lives.
Cat crossing the path
It is not a good sign if a cat crosses the path. Either the purpose of going out will be delayed or in an unavoidable situation to go out, a glass of water is drunk before leaving. In few other parts of the world, cat crossing in front of a person is believed as good omen. In India irrespective whether the cat crosses from right to left or from left to right, it is considered as bad luck will befall you.
Lemon and Green chilly hangings
Hanging a lemon stringed with seven green chillies is believed to bring good fortune. It’s a very common site in India to see these hangings in doorways of shops and vehicles. Hanging Nimbu Mirchi Totka is believed to protect the place from evil and jealous eye. In new vehicle, lemon strings with green chillies are hung to avoid accidents and to have a safe journey. This is one popular belief that is passed through generations in India.
The superstition associated with a broken mirror is that it brings seven years of bad luck. It has to be immediately disposed from the place and buried to ensure nothing bad happens to the people living there. Even mirrors reflecting blur images are replaced. Not only in India but broken mirror are considered bad omen in many places round the world.
Eating curd and sugar mixture
Before heading out for an important work, elders in the family insist having curd + sugar mixture. The sugar actually increases the energy levels and curd is an excellent body coolant. So this mixture physically prepares the body for the important work the person is getting ready for. They say it increases the chances of getting success and be more active.
Fear for the Number 13 (triskaidekaphobia) is considered unlucky:
Not sure about other countries when it comes to the fear of unknown. Triskaidekaphobia refers to the extreme superstition regarding number thirteen. But in general Indians too consider Number 13 as non-auspicious or evil. You won’t believe that the following exist:
- That many buildings in India don’t have 13th Floor
- Many buildings don’t have flats with door number 13
- People avoid family occasions like marriages, housewarming, joining a new job on 13th Date
Crow Cowing brings guest
As stupid it may sound, it is believed that when a crow continuously cows near the house, guests for that house are expected. Many say that they often get guests when a crow cows continuously near a house. Whether people take that as a good sign or bad sign, often they take clues to be prepared to host the guests.
Kajal dotted on baby’s forehead/feat
New born baby are smeared with a black dot of kajal is an age old practice followed in India. Applying kajal or Surma protects the baby from any misfortune and ward off evil’s eye. Scientifically speaking, kajal is made of castor oil(almond, ghee, aloe) which is an excellent coolant. More over the aloe gel added to Kajal soothes and calms the eyes making it looking bright.
Throwing coins in Holy rivers
A temple visit in India always starts from getting the feet dipped in river and then only one has to enter the temple. Throwing coins inside the river or pond fetches good luck and wealth to the person. The scientific reason behind this belief is that in ancient times people were more dependent on river water. The make the water purified and free from bacteria, copper coins were thrown inside the pool. Though copper coins are not in use these days, the superstition alone remains the same.
Never sweep in the dark
Ancestors believed that sweeping floor after sunset brings bad luck. Across India people don’t sweep the floor at night as it believed to sweep out good luck. The scientific reason attached to this superstition is that in olden days due to lack of electricity, sweeping wasn’t done as valuable things might also get dumped out.
Adding 1 rupee to gift sum
When money is given as gift, Indians have the habit of adding one rupee along with the sum. One is considered to be lucky, hence adding it to the Shagun brings good fortune. These days envelops from gift store comes with a one rupee glued so that we don’t forget it. The concept of adding one rupees is followed in puja’s, weddings, rituals.
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