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From the mirror to the black cat, 9 superstitions that Albanians are very afraid of but still believe

From the mirror to the black cat, 9 superstitions that Albanians are very afraid

We humans are very superstitious, believing that Friday the 13th is bad luck and finding a penny is good luck. Many superstitions stem from the same human trait that makes us believe in monsters and ghosts: When our brains can't explain something, we make things up. In fact, a study last year found that superstitions can sometimes work because believing in something can improve how you're perceived.

There are also those superstitions that people both believe and fear. But do you know what are the most widespread beliefs in the country?

When a black cat "cuts" your way
If crossing the road, either on foot or by car, a black cat "cuts" your way, then you should change direction or turn back, as this is a sign of misfortune. In the Middle Ages, cats were considered animals of witches, so in order not to suffer any misfortune, they were even killed.

'Black'
Tuesday It is thought that Tuesday is the day when God created evil, so, according to the elders, it is not good to clean yourself on Tuesday night, do manual work or other work.

Cutting your nails at night
Perhaps the strangest superstition still believed is about cutting your fingernails and toenails at night or at the same time. According to this belief, if you cut your toenails and fingernails at the same time, someone will die on your wedding day – or there will be both a wedding and a death in one day.

Money
It is believed that if your right hand itches you will give money, but if your left itches, you will receive money.

Clock hands
Does anyone really think about you if when you look at the clock its hands are one on one? But, now in the smartphone era, some believe in the fortune of the clock numbers on the mobile phone, for example when the time is 11:11, 15:15 etc.

The broken mirror
The ancient Romans believed that in mirrors there are fragments of our soul, so when it is broken, one's well-being or health is "broken". Thankfully, they also believed that the human soul regenerates after 7 years, which is why you've heard the number 7 associated with the broken mirror.

The word "health" after every sneeze
Sneezing was considered a high-risk physiological activity by the ancient Romans and Greeks. Many of them believed in the "separation of the soul" for a few seconds. Therefore, it is said "health" whenever someone sneezes, as a blessing that protects you from evil.

Open Umbrella Inside
The ancient Egyptians believed that umbrellas were very royal accessories and that the shadow they cast was terrifying. To open them indoors was considered an offense to God and the Sun.

Clover Flower
Clover is considered a rare and very lucky find, but why? According to legends, this leaf was plucked by Eve, the woman sent from heaven. She chose this, to never forget the Garden of Eden. Therefore the clover flower represents good luck and prosperity.