1. Walking under a ladder
In many Western countries, walking under a ladder is believed to bring bad luck and is often avoided.
2. Number 13
The fear of the number 13, known as triskaidekaphobia, is deeply rooted in various cultures, leading to the omission of the 13th floor in many buildings and the avoidance of this number in various aspects of life.
3. Broken mirrors
Breaking a mirror is considered to bring seven years of bad luck in several cultures, leading people to take extra caution around mirrors.
4. Black cats
Black cats are often associated with bad luck or witchcraft in many societies, leading to their avoidance or even persecution.
5. Opening an umbrella indoors
Opening an umbrella indoors is believed to bring bad luck in several cultures, possibly stemming from the idea that it may offend the spirits residing indoors.
6. Friday the 13th
Friday the 13th is considered an unlucky day in Western superstition, with various theories and historical events contributing to its notoriety.
7. Itchy palms
In some cultures, having an itchy palm is believed to signify that money is coming your way, while others see it as a sign of financial loss.
8. Throwing spilled salt over the shoulder
Spilling salt is considered a bad omen in many cultures, and throwing a pinch of salt over the left shoulder is believed to ward off evil spirits or reverse the bad luck.
9. Evil eye
The belief in the evil eye, a curse caused by a malevolent glare, is prevalent in various cultures, leading to the use of protective talismans to ward off its effects.
10. Knocking on wood
Knocking on wood is a common superstitious practice believed to bring good luck or ward off misfortune, often done after making a positive statement.