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Superstitions from Nepal

Sumitra from Nepal

Sumitra Photo from Kathy Gardner
My native country is Nepal, and we have some superstitions in our culture that might bring you good luck or bad luck.


 

My native country is Nepal, and we have some superstitions in our culture that might bring you good luck or bad luck. For example, if a crow sits in front of your house or above the roof, and it makes the sound ďKaa-kaa,Ē that means a guest will come.

Other people believe that the crow predicts that something will happen. And if a bird makes a nest on your house, thatís good luck.

If two people are together, and one person sneezes as the other person starts to leave, that means bad luck---something bad will happen. The person leaving must come back and stay for 4 or 5 minutes longer to cancel the bad luck, and then itís okay to leave.

If we sweep at night, we donít sweep the pile of dust outside, we just leave it in a corner of the house until the next day. We believe that God is living in the house at night, so we donít want to sweep God outside with the dust.

If someone leaves from the house for a special purpose (wedding, first day of school, traveling), he or he has to eat some yogurt for good luck. The groom is fed yogurt by his mother before his wedding day. My mother and mother-in-law gave us yogurt before we came to the U.S., and I gave my daughter yogurt before she went to school for the first time.

People canít just borrow salt from other people. If someone borrows salt, either she pays money or she returns the salt back because the salt is considered a debt. And finally, if a womanís left eye starts to twitch, itís good luck, but if a manís right eye starts to twitch, itís bad luck.


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