Halloween celebrations call our attention to superstitions,
but it is not the only time we observe them. Nor is America
the only country in the world to do so.
Superstitions vary from country to country, and sometimes
from town to town, and some have historical and religious
explanations, while others can’t be explained. For instance,
the superstition of walking under a ladder is bad luck because
the shadow the ladder casts is a triangle, a sign of the Holy
Trinity, and walking through it would seem sacrilegious. On
the happier end of the spectrum, in Las Vegas many gamblers
from Hawai‘i wear decorative frog charms and clothing because
they think it will bring them good luck. The word for “frog”
and the word for “return,”in Japanese, are the same: kaeru.
The following, courtesy of HPU students and some Web sites,
lists just a few of the millions of superstitions around the
• If you marry a person who has a mole beside his or her nose,
you will die ahead of that person.
• Wearing polka dots on New Year’s Eve brings lots of money
in your pocket because the dots symbolize coins. African Superstitions
• If a girl or woman is hit with trousers, she will not find
• If a boy or man is hit with a woman’s head scarf, he will
not find a wife.
• Beating a person with a broom will rain bad luck upon that
person for years. The curse can only be removed by rubbing
the hit area several times.
• One should never clip toes or finger nails at night because
an evil ghost will visit you that evening.
• On a mid-summer night, Swedish girls often pick seven flowers
and place them under their pillows because the man they dream
of that evening will be the man they’ll marry.
• When returning home, never leave your keys on the table
because you’ll have bad luck.
• Never bring pork over the Pali because you’ll have bad luck.
• Never take any kind of volcanic materials from the islands
because you’ll have bad luck until the materials are returned.
• Make sure to form the sign of the cross over your mouth
when yawning or else an evil spirit will enter your body and
take it over.
• If a man on his way to work meets a red headed woman, he
will surely forget about his labors and go home.