10 superstitions from Moldova and Romania (part II)

Elderly Romanians in traditional clothes.
"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.

3. Never leave your purse on the floor, otherwise you will lose money.
This is one that I've learnt about recently. When I was in Moldova last time for holidays, my aunt was continuously telling my mom not to leave her purse on the floor, or else she won't have money.

4. If a woman has usually cold hands, she will have a beautiful husband.
 I think this superstition carries a negative implication. Don't you? 

5. If someone is literally stepping over you or your legs, you won't grow anymore in height. 
To remove this curse, the person should step back over you. 

6. If someone brushes your feet with a broom, you will never get married. 

7. If you forget to take something and go back to get it, it will bring you bad luck. 
You should spit over your shoulder three times before turning back, so no bad luck will ruin your day!

8. Weddings that are celebrated in May are to unhappy and short marriages. 
Any May married readers here? 

9. Never make payments on Monday, or else you will give money all week long.  

10. If your face is burning and it turns red for no reason, someone is talking about you. 
Positively or not? Again, when I was a child, I learned from someone that you can take out your ring and rub it by your face. If it leaves a black mark, someone is talking bad about you. While the superstition is both popular in Romania and Moldova, the way to find out if people talk bad or good about you is something I remember from my childhood, and I did not find anything similar to this on Internet. Most probably, in different places, people invent different curse-removal acts, so they can counter the bad luck or negative happenings that certain superstitions carry.


After my first post on superstitions from Moldova and Romania, I got a lot of feedback, especially from Moldovan people. Interestingly, many of them said they unconsciously believe in some superstitions (as I found I do as well), but we never question ourselves why. Psychologically speaking, these superstitions may have a positive effect on us when we believe they predict something good, but not otherwise.

Do you, people from all other beautiful countries, believe in superstitions? I'd be curious, in particular if the younger generation in your country, born in this digitized world, was transmitted beliefs and superstitions from older generation. 


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