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Readers write in with the superstitions from where they live

Leading up to Friday the 13th, Pulse asked its listeners what superstitions get taken seriously where they're from. Unsurprisingly, several mentioned that certain Friday that comes around one to three times a year.

Images from a calendar showing Friday the 13th are superimposed on one another.

In some countries - Spain and Greece among them - Tuesday the 13th is considered the unlucky day

The following comments reflect the views of DW-WORLD.DE readers. Not all reader comments have been published. DW-WORLD.DE reserves the right to edit for length and appropriateness of content.

Friday the 13th and other superstitions

At home in Germany, a lot of people don't like Friday the 13th or when a black cat crosses in front of them from left to right. I never paid attention to that stuff - even Friday the 13th is usually a good day for me, and I love black cats (even though they usually die on me or disappear). -- Evelin via Facebook

When I spill salt, I throw some over my shoulder for good luck, and I will only pick up a lost penny if it is heads up - otherwise it may bring bad luck. -- Laura , USA

If your left hand itches, you will receive some money soon. If your right hand itches, you will meet somebody you know very soon. -- Irena via Facebook

If a rooster sings at the front door, you should expect guests. If you drop a fork or knife, then you should expect some hungry guests. If you go on a trip, you shouldn't end it in a quarrel with someone. Don't go back for something you've forgotten, or you'll get into trouble. -- Olga , Netherlands

In Batangas, Philippines or maybe anywhere else in the Tagalog region, there are many superstitions which get taken seriously. Popular ones are:

1. "Sweeping the floor at night and pushing it out of the doorway is bad luck." That's like putting all the goods you get during the day to waste. You have to sweep in the morning.

2. "No two siblings should ever get married on the same year, no matter what." Doing so is like stealing the luck from each other. We still have many, and it doesn't mean we are backwards. They stem from folktales and the experiences of our forefathers. -- Joel , Philippines

Mexico: "When the crow sings, the Indian dies. (Cuando el cuervo canta el indio muere.)" -- Marco via Facebook

Friday the 13th. My mom will not leave the house whenever it is Friday the 13th. -- Brenda , USA

Where I presently reside - the Philippines - the people are a superstitious lot with an innumerable list of superstitions. As for yours truly, since I just pay mind to the Eternal One and what He has to say, I wouldn't know which are the most 'popular' for they're all unimportant to this lady and not in any way credible enough to waste her time with. -- Ginna , Philippines

Compiled by Greg Wiser
Editor: Martin Kuebler

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