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  1. 1. Superstitions can be defined as, "irrational beliefs, especially with regard to the unknown“. SUPERSTITIONS IN THE UK
  2. 2. <ul><li>To see a black cat : Cats are featured on many good luck greetings cards and birthday cards in England. </li></ul><ul><li>To touch wood: They touch wood to make something come true. </li></ul><ul><li>A horseshoe: A horseshoe over the door brings good luck. But the horseshoe needs to be the right way up. </li></ul>GOOD LUCK
  3. 3. <ul><li>On the first day of the month it is lucky to say “ white rabbits, white rabbits, white rabbits&quot; before saying your first word of the day. </li></ul><ul><li>To catch falling leaves in autumn: every leaf means a lucky month next year. </li></ul><ul><li>To cut your hair when the moon is waxing you have good luck. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>It’s unlucky to walk underneath a ladder . </li></ul><ul><li>Breaking a mirror means seven years of bad luck. </li></ul><ul><li>It’s unlucky to see one magpie , lucky to see two, etc... </li></ul><ul><li>It’s unlucky to spill salt . If you do, you must throw it over your shoulder to counteract the bad luck. </li></ul>BAD LUCK
  5. 5. <ul><li>It’s unlucky to open an umbrella inside a house . </li></ul><ul><li>The number thirteen is unlucky. Friday the thirteenth is a very unlucky day. Friday is considered to be an unlucky day because Jesus was crucified on a Friday. </li></ul><ul><li>It’s unlucky to put new shoes on the table . </li></ul>13 !
  6. 6. <ul><li>When you finish eating a boiled egg , push the spoon through the bottom of the empty shell to let the devil out. </li></ul>FOOD SUPERSTITIONS
  7. 7. <ul><li>If you drop a table knife expect a male visitor, if you drop a fork expect a female visitor. </li></ul><ul><li>Put crossed cutlery on your plate and expect a quarrel. </li></ul><ul><li>Leave a white tablecloth on a table overnight and expect a death. </li></ul>TABLE SUPERSTITIONS
  8. 8. <ul><li>Bride and groom must not meet on the day of the wedding except at the alter. </li></ul><ul><li>The bride should never wear her complete wedding clothes before the day. </li></ul>WEDDING SUPERSTITIONS
  9. 9. <ul><li>For good luck the bride should wear “something borrowed, something blue, something old and something new”. </li></ul><ul><li>The husband should carry his new wife over the threshold of their home. </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>There are a lot of superstitions in the animal world. </li></ul><ul><li>One ancient superstition tells that if a child rides on a bear’s back, he will be protected from “whooping-cough”. </li></ul><ul><li>In some parts of the UK meeting two or three Ravens together is considered really bad. </li></ul>ANIMAL SUPERSTITIONS
  11. 11. <ul><li>It is unlucky to see bats flying and hear their cries. In the middle ages it was believed that witches were closely associated with bats. </li></ul><ul><li>If a sparrow enters your house, it means the death to one who lives in the house. </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Some people tell that if you say “White Rabbit” on the first day of the month, it brings luck. </li></ul><ul><li>It’s unlucky to have feathers of a peacock at home. This is because the feathers have on eye shape. (Evil Eye = Bad Person) </li></ul>
  13. 13. JÚLIA SALA and ANNA GORGOLL 2n B ESO Year 2009/10 THE END