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Do you avoid leaving the house on Friday the 13th? Keep your stay at home lucky with these 13 home related superstitions from a variety of cultures.
An old Feng Shui tradition says when you move, you should leave your old broom behind. By leaving your old broom and old dirt, you're ridding yourself of your past and starting fresh in your new home.
Ward off evil spirits with "haint blue". It's said that spirits or "haints" mistake the blue paint for water and won't cross over the surface into your house. You'll find many doorways and porches painted this light shade of blue in South Carolina, Georgia and throughout the south.
According to Norse mythology, placing an acorn on your window sill protects your house from lightening.
Hanging an empty hornets nest in your home can attract good luck... We'd like to stress the word "empty" in this idea.
Looking for a good moving day. Avoid Friday, Saturday or rainy days (seems obvious). In India, Thursday is thought to actually be the luckiest day to move into a new home.
Elephants are a sign of wisdom and good luck. Fish are seen to bring good fortune and prosperity. Tortoises symbolize positive energy and longevity. These are just a few critters that bring good luck to your home.
Horseshoes can bring good luck, but be sure to hang them with the opening upwards. Otherwise your luck will pour out.
Don't sweep at night according to people in West Africa. You'll sweep away your good luck.
To invite financial prosperity, people in the Philippines will scatter coins around the living room of a new home.
Want to invite an evil spirit into your home? Rock a chair without anyone sitting in it. The Irish believe this is an open invitation for a paranormal sleepover.
Yes, there is a right side of the bed... according to an American proverb. You should always get out of the bed on the same side that you got into the bed on... if you want to have a good day.
Other than the obvious germs that would come from placing your shoes on the table, in the US and the UK, this bad habit is considered bad luck and could even lead to death.
Mirror, mirror on the wall... Whether you're breaking a mirror and gaining seven fun years of bad luck or summoning Bloody Mary on a spooky night, mirrors can be full of superstitious tales. Historically, people even covered their mirrors, when family members passed away, so that their souls didn't get trapped inside the reflective surfaces.
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