10 superstitions from Moldova and Romania (part II)

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"Hi" in Romanian? "Bună!"
1. If any of the tableware falls on the ground, someone hungry will come soon at that place. 
Writing this superstition, I remembered a similarly weird belief from my childhood (though, I cannot find any similar superstition on Google) - if you accidentally drop your keys, you will meet someone for the first time in that exact place.

2. A black cat living in a house brings luck. 
While a black cat crossing your path is bad luck, having one in your house is to prosperity and happiness.

10 superstitions from Moldova and Romania (part I)

Are you superstitious or not? Either you answer yes or no, the superstitions listed below may be interesting for anyone as part of Moldovan and Romanian culture. These may tell you more about why some people behave the way they do.


1. When leaving the house for a longer time, all people in the house have to sit down and stay silent for a few seconds right before the farewell. To a safe trip of the traveler.

Everytime I had to leave Moldova after my holidays at home, my mom asked me to sit down with her for a few moments. I'm always amused when she's asking me to do that, but since it's comforting her, I just do it. Besides, usually when I leave for a longer time, I have to pack lots of things, so part of the house is a bit in mess on my departure, but my mom never cleans it until I reach my destination, as it might bring bad luck to me.
Only this first superstition is not common in Romania. It is well known in Russia, and so it might explain its presence in Moldova.

10 interesting Romanian idioms

I've written a lot about foreign languages, but very little about my native language. So, today I'll present you 10 Romanian idioms which I find interesting and funny. Let's start!


La paștele cailor, literally translated as at Horses Easter, is the equivalent of the English idiom at the Greek calends or when two Sundays come together. Simply put, it means never!