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Black Cats and Broken Mirrors, How Will You Celebrate Friday The 13th?

It’s Friday the 13th!  So on this day devoted to being very superstitious I thought we could spend a little time looking at some of the world’s craziest superstitions.   Some superstitions are observed moment by moment, while others are connected to a specific holiday or religion.  All superstitions revolve around the idea that doing or not doing certain things can bring bad luck.  Many of our common superstitions like black cats or tossing salt over your left shoulder are related to ancient Christianity but others are built up by individuals or communities over time.

The sports world is particularly dependent on superstition.  Many people know that Michael Jordan wore his college (North Carolina) team’s shorts under his Chicago Bulls uniform throughout his career for good luck.  But did you know that in Nascar driving a green car is considered bad luck?  Or that in Detroit throwing an octopus onto the ice before the beginning of a playoff game helps to guarantee a championship win for the Red Wings?Although good luck on game day is pretty important it’s not quite as important as good luck on your big day.  That’s probably why there are so many superstitionssurrounding weddings and marriage.  Did you know that most people wear wedding bands on the 4th finger of their left hand because it was believed that a vein leading straight to the heart could be found in that finger?  Or that a groom traditionally carries his new bride over the threshold of their home to prevent evil spirits from entering along with the bride. The tradition of the Groom not seeing Bride before the wedding came from ancient times when marriage wasn’t much more than a business contract.  The father of the bride would want to marry his daughter off to the most successful man he could find and if his daughter wasn’t exactly the fairest in the land he would try to keep the groom from seeing her until after the deal was made.Almost everyone is a little superstitious.  Just ask someone who is growing a playoff beard or anyone who says “Bless you” after you sneeze.  Just to be safe (at least for the rest of the day) I’m going to keep my eye out for cracks in the sidewalk and be really careful around mirrors.

-Brooke

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