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Superstitions abound!

June 30, 2006
All around the world superstitions make up the fabric of life and define methods of staying out of harms way. Finland is no exception. Here are a few superstitions I have heard about since living here: (The Mr. wasn’t a good source of info. – he doesn’t believe in this kind of stuff. I am sure there are many more that I have never heard of!)
  • Failing to throw some water on the stove after your sauna (for the sauna tonttu (elf)) means you’ll miss out on good “löyly” the next time you visit the sauna.
  • Friday the thirteenth is considered bad luck.
  • Walking under a ladder is considered bad luck. (I am familiar with this one because I learned it at home in northern Ontario.)
  • Never hug someone across the threshold (in your home), it is considered bad luck. (This happened to me once. I was hugging someone goodbye; I reached through a doorway and was roughly separated by a third person who promptly told me it was bad luck to do that.)
  • A black cat crossing your path is never a good thing…
  • If you pick up a snail and it pokes its eyes out after you ask, “Etana, etana näytä sarves, onko huomenna pouta?” (snail, snail show your horns, will it be sunny tomorrow?”) – it will be sunny. If not, expect rain.
  • If you kill a spider it will rain the next day.
  • I don’t know about here in Finland, but if I spill the salt, I immediately throw some over my right shoulder…
Are you spooked yet?
2 Comments leave one →
  1. Diana permalink
    July 6, 2006 11:41 am

    how about it’s bad luck to put shoes on a table


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