Thursday, August 12, 2010

Good Luck/Bad Luck- Superstition Date Idea

To begin your fun filled date you could set some fun rules. Every participant will need to cross their fingers (one hand only) the entire date. Side note- the superstition is by making the sign of the Christian faith with your fingers, evil spirits would be prevented from destroying your chances of good fortune. Whoever catches their date with their fingers uncrossed first wins. The loser is in charge of planning the next “fun filled” date! Next, do not step on a crack. Side note- "Step on a crack break your mothers back". The first person that steps on a crack owes their date their favorite candy bar, mother a card (or whatever you decide together).

After the rules have been established start the fun with a few games based on superstitions:

1. Have each participant count the number of X’s in the palm of their right hand. After they have done this inform them that it indicates the number of children they will have.
2. If you have dandelions in your area pick one that has gone to seed. Take a deep breath and blow the seeds into the wind. Count the seeds that remain on the stem. That is the number of children you will have.
3. Have everyone rub their eyes. If an eyelash falls out, put it on the back of the hand, make a wish and throw it over your shoulder. If it flies off the hand the wish will be granted.
4. Ask everyone to itch their nose. Then, tell them the following superstition: If your nose itches, someone is coming to see you. If it's the right nostril, the visitor will be a female, left nostril, male.
5. Ask everyone to itch one ear. Then, tell them the following superstition: If your right ear itches, someone is speaking well of you. If your left ear itches, someone is speaking ill of you.

Now it is time to set out! Pick a fun place to go on a walk. Give everyone a roll of pennies and allow them to plant good luck or bad. “See a penny, pick it up; all day long you’ll have good luck.” Don’t forget pennies are only good luck if found head side up.

To end your date ask each person choose and fulfill two good luck and bad luck superstitions from the lists provided.  It will be more fun if everyone has to pick different superstitions.  Have fun!! Don’t forget another superstition, 'IF YOU BELIEVE IN A SUPERSTITION, IT WILL ALWAYS FOLLOW YOU!'

Good Luck Superstitions
Putting a dress on inside out
Hearing crickets singing
Sleeping facing south
Picking up a pencil in the street
Breaking clear and uncolored glass
Walking in the rain
Sleeping on un-ironed sheets
An itch on the top of your head
If a bird poops on your car, it is good luck.
A white cat crossing your path
All wishes on shooting stars come true
If you make a wish while throwing a coin into a well or fountain, the wish will come true.
An apple a day, keeps the doctor away.

To break uncolored glass in any form but that of a mirror or a bottle is a fortunate omen; but if the glass is red, future trouble and anxiety are implied. If green glass is broken, bitter disappointment will be your lot.

Spit on your hands for strength. This originated from seeing animals lick their wounds, making people think saliva had some magical healing power.

Knock on Wood - It was believed that good spirits lived in trees, and that by knocking on anything made from wood, we could call upon these spirits for protection against misfortune.

Saying God Bless You When Somebody Sneezes explanation: When the great plague swept Europe, sufferers began sneezing violently which was a sign of death. The Pope therefore passed a law requiring people to bless the sneezer. At the same time, it was expected that anybody sneezing would cover their mouth with a cloth or their hand. This was obviously to stop the spreading of the disease, but many believed that it was to keep the soul intact. Sneezing 'into the air' would allow the soul to escape and death would be imminent. Up until this time, the opposite was true. Those who sneezed were congratulated, as it was believed that a violent sneeze would expel evil from their bodies.

Bad Luck Superstitions
Putting a shirt on inside out
Red and white flowers together
Singing before breakfast
Opening an umbrella indoors
Stepping on cracks in the sidewalk
An itch inside your nose
Crossed knives
If pepper is spilled, then you will have a serious argument with a friend.
It is extremely unlucky to open an umbrella inside a house.
Breaking a plate, especially if it had not already been cracked.
If you fasten a button into the wrong buttonhole
It is unlucky to sit on a table unless one foot is touching the ground
To pass anyone on the staircase.
To put on the left shoe before the right, and it is worse still to put the right shoe on the left foot, or vice-versa.
Spilling salt. If both salt and pepper are spilled at the same time, the force of this ill omen is doubled.
If thirteen people sit down to dine, the last to rise will meet with ill fortune.
It's bad luck to pick up a coin if it's tails side up. Good luck comes if it's heads up.
A yawn is a sign that danger is near.
Seeing an ambulance is very unlucky unless you pinch your nose or hold your breath until you see a black or a brown dog.
An acorn should be carried to bring luck and ensure a long life.
Never place shoes on a table as it means bad luck for the remainder of the day.
It is unlucky to see your face in a mirror by candlelight.

Friday the Thirteenth explained: The Scandinavian's believed that the number 13 was unlucky due to the mythological 12 demigods being joined by a 13th, an evil one, who brought misfortune upon humans. It was also said that Christ was crucified on Friday and the number of guests at the party of the Last Supper was 13, with the 13th guest being Judas, the traitor.

Walking under a ladder explained: A leaning ladder forms a triangle with the wall and ground. Triangles represent the Holy Trinity, and violating the Trinity by breaking it (walking through it) would put you in league with the devil himself.

Black Cats explained: In ancient Egypt, the Goddess Bast was a black, female cat. Christians, wanting to rid society of all traces of other religions, convinced the ignorant that black cats were demons in disguise and should thus be destroyed. In the process, they also destroyed the kindly ladies who cared for the cats, believing them to be witches. Being demons, a black cat crossing your path would create a barrier of evil, cutting you off from God and blocking the entrance to heaven.

Spilling Salt explained: Salt used to be an expensive commodity used mainly for medicinal purposes. For this reason, spillage was to be avoided at all costs. The idea that it is unlucky to do so probably stems from the belief that Judas spilt salt during the last supper. Throwing spilt salt over the left shoulder is linked to its medicinal use. If it could not be administered, the next best thing was to throw it into the eye of the evil spirits that brought sickness upon us. These spirits were thought to lurk behind your shoulder, waiting for an opportunity to strike.

Breaking a mirror means 7 years of bad luck, unless you take the pieces outside & bury them in moonlight. Also, an undisturbed mirror in a house suddenly fall & smashes then it means that there will soon be a death.

Superstitions to Share:
If the head of a bed is placed towards the north it foretells a short life, towards the south a long life, the east riches, the west travel.

When a couple is walking down the street holding hands and an obstacle (like a lamp post) comes between them you say bread and butter...thereby keeping the union until the hands meet again on the other side of the lamp post.

Counting a person's teeth robs them of one year of life for every tooth counted, this is why some people cover their mouths when they laugh, smile or yawn.

If you use the same pencil to take a test that you used for studying for the test, the pencil will remember the answers.

It's bad luck to leave a house through a different door than the one used to come into it.

Pulling out a gray or white hair will cause ten more to grow in its place.

If you secretly put your toenail clippings in a glass of lemonade and make someone drink it, then that person is supposed to fall in love with you.

God Bless You - When someone sneezes his or her heart stops a beat. By saying God bless you; it merely thanks God for allowing the heart to continue beating again considering if it had stopped they would not be alive.

Witches fly on broomsticks - comes from when the pagans were viewed hopping up and down on broomsticks in the fields, which was a harvest ritual.

A watermelon will grow in your stomach if you swallow a watermelon seed.

To predict the sex of a baby: Suspend a wedding band held by a piece of thread over the palm of the pregnant girl. If the ring swings in an oval or circular motion the baby will be a girl. If the ring swings in a straight line the baby will be a boy.

If you cut an apple in half and count how many seeds are inside, you will also know how many children you will have.

When you are talking to someone, and if you should both happen to say the same word or sentence at the same time, you must each clasp the other's little finger and wish. Then, if you do not disclose your wish, it will be fulfilled.

The days of the week on which it is considered most lucky for women to make any important decision or to undertake any great tasks are Tuesday and Friday. For men the fortunate days are Monday and Thursday

If you give anyone an empty purse he will never be blessed with riches. Place a coin inside it for luck.

If you do not present a new pair of shoes to a poor person at least once during your life, you will go barefoot in the next world.

If your shoelace persists in coming untied, take it as an omen that you are about to receive a fortunate letter or some kind of good news.

To put on your stockings or socks inside out is an omen that you will shortly receive a present. If your stocking comes down, your lover is thinking of you.

If your ear is burning, then someone is talking about you. To determine whether what they are saying is good or bad, remember this rhyme, - Left for love, Right for spite!

A bird call from the north means tragedy; south- is good for crops; west- is good luck; east- good love.

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