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Greek Superstitions Posted by on May 17, 2012 in Uncategorized

Like in every culture, Greek people have their own superstitions. Though, some of them are very similar and even identical to many cultures. Here are some of the most popular ones.

Sneezing (φτέρνισμα): means that someone is talking or thinking about you. You can ask someone to give you a 3 digit number. Count each digit together and then find the corresponding letter in the alphabet. This letter is supposed to be the initial of the person that is talking about you.

Mirror (καθρέπτης): If you break a mirror, you will have 7 years bad luck. Many also believe that if you look at the mirror after midnight, great evil will find you.

Rabbit foot(λαγοπόδαρο):  Brings good luck in general.

Stars (αστέρια): It’s bad luck to count the stars. But if you see a falling star, make a wish.

Scissors (ψαλίδι): if a pregnant sit on open scissors unintentionally, she will give birth to a boy. If you leave it open you will soon have an argument with somebody.

Salt(αλάτι): Makes unwelcome visitors to leave. All you need is to shoot a little behind theirback.

Garlic (σκόρδο):  A way to ward off the evil eye. You can find it sometimes hanging in a corner of some houses.

Black cat (μαύρηγάτα):  If you see a black cut means that bad luck is waiting for you for the rest of the day.

Ladybug(πασχαλίτσα): It is the opposite of the black cat. It will bring luck if it lands on you.

Ladder (σκάλα):  It will bring bad luck if you pass under it.

Wine(κρασί):  If you are not married and the wine finishes in own glass while serving, then you will have a good marriage.

Bread (ψωμί): You eat the corner of the bread in order to be loved by your wife’s mother.

Food (φαγητό): This is for the children to eat all of their food. If you not finish all your food, you leave some of your muscle power on the plate.

Nails (νύχια): It is bad to cut them at nights or on Friday

Dragees (κουφέτα): If are single person and you put the dragges from a wedding under your pillow before you sleep, you will dream the person that you will get married to.    

Dates (ημερομινίες): Most of you already know the Friday 13th. For us the unlucky days are Tuesday 13th and Friday 14th. In general the number 13 is considered unlucky in any case.

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  1. Clare:

    I love this blog! Thank you, Dareios!

  2. Clare:

    Many of these superstitions are also known in the UK. The one about cutting your nails is new to me, however!

  3. Phaedra:

    Thank you Dareios. You have help me a lot with my project!!!
    I didnt knew all of this superstitions.

  4. Ανωνυμος:

    Εισαι Ελληνας να φανταστω. Μονο απο το ονομα σου Δαρειος καταλαβαινω. Που τις βρηκες τοσες πολλες δυσειδεμωνιες;

  5. Manouela:

    Kalimera, Dareie!
    I know another Greek superstition: Piase kokkino. 🙂