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Presentation on theme: "SUPERSTITIONS IN THE UK"— Presentation transcript:

Superstitions can be defined as, "irrational beliefs, especially with regard to the unknown“.

2 GOOD LUCK To see a black cat : Cats are featured on many good luck greetings cards and birthday cards in England. To touch wood: They touch wood to make something come true. A horseshoe: A horseshoe over the door brings good luck. But the horseshoe needs to be the right way up.

3 On the first day of the month it is lucky to say “ white rabbits, white rabbits, white rabbits" before saying your first word of the day. To catch falling leaves in autumn: every leaf means a lucky month next year. To cut your hair when the moon is waxing you have good luck.

4 BAD LUCK It’s unlucky to walk underneath a ladder.
Breaking a mirror means seven years of bad luck. It’s unlucky to see one magpie, lucky to see two, etc... It’s unlucky to spill salt. If you do, you must throw it over your shoulder to counteract the bad luck.

5 13 ! It’s unlucky to open an umbrella inside a house.
The number thirteen is unlucky. Friday the thirteenth is a very unlucky day. Friday is considered to be an unlucky day because Jesus was crucified on a Friday. It’s unlucky to put new shoes on the table. 13 !

6 FOOD SUPERSTITIONS When you finish eating a boiled egg, push the spoon through the bottom of the empty shell to let the devil out.

7 TABLE SUPERSTITIONS If you drop a table knife expect a male visitor, if you drop a fork expect a female visitor. Put crossed cutlery on your plate and expect a quarrel. Leave a white tablecloth on a table overnight and expect a death.

Bride and groom must not meet on the day of the wedding except at the alter. The bride should never wear her complete wedding clothes before the day.

9 For good luck the bride should wear “something borrowed, something blue, something old and something new”. The husband should carry his new wife over the threshold of their home.

10 ANIMAL SUPERSTITIONS There are a lot of superstitions in the animal world. One ancient superstition tells that if a child rides on a bear’s back, he will be protected from “whooping-cough”. In some parts of the UK meeting two or three Ravens together is considered really bad.

11 It is unlucky to see bats flying and hear their cries
It is unlucky to see bats flying and hear their cries. In the middle ages it was believed that witches were closely associated with bats. If a sparrow enters your house, it means the death to one who lives in the house.

12 Some people tell that if you say “White Rabbit” on the first day of the month, it brings luck.
It’s unlucky to have feathers of a peacock at home. This is because the feathers have on eye shape. (Evil Eye = Bad Person)


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