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Superstitions from Armenia

Anaida Saryan from Armenia

Anaida Saryan
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In Armenia, if you have a bad dream, you need to tell the dream to the running water from the faucet in your sink. The water going down the drain will take your bad dream away.


 

My native country is Armenia, and we are a people with many superstitions. In Armenia, if you have a bad dream, you need to tell the dream to the running water from the faucet in your sink. The water going down the drain will take your bad dream away.

When the crescent moon is out, you should look at the moon and look at the face of a kind person. If you have good luck during that month, you should look at that same person’s face the following month!

It is also good luck to hold up your money and show it to the crescent moon because this will bring you more money that month. One time I held up my money to the moon, and then I gave it to my friend so that he could also show the money to the moon. He then put my money into his pocket and he told me that the moon had already brought him more money! We laughed very hard at that.

We have many other superstitions. If you spill salt on the table, you should make a cross on the spilled salt and also pour water over it in order not to have a fight with someone. You should hang a horseshoe over your door, inside the house. When guests leave your house, they will pass under the horseshoe and take good luck with them.

If you see a black cat, you must turn around three times and then spit to the right and spit to the left. If you want to clean your table, you shouldn’t use a paper napkin or a paper towel in order not to lose your fortune.

In Armenia, you will also see blue beads that look like eyes; these beads can be in rings or necklaces or hung over doors. The blue beads prevent you from being envied by others. And you shouldn’t get married in May in Armenia! In the Armenian and Russian languages, “the month of May” sounds like “cry month,” so no one gets married in this month.


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