Superstitions. Who hasn’t them? You might not have been the first person to take a few steps back when you saw a black cat, just to ward off any bad luck. Superstitions are associated with positive beliefs in magic and fate. Science can prove them wrong at any moment. Yet, many of us continue to hold on to the myths that explain our everyday life. If you go on a trip to Romania, then you must prepare for the dos and don’ts of customs and traditions. Whether you are participating in rural rituals or checking-in at some public event in the city, the locals will tell you what to do. Meanwhile, here are some of the funniest Romanian superstitions to share with your traveling friends.
Romanian Superstitions and Numbers
Numerology and superstitions go hand in hand sometimes in many cultures around the world. So is the case of the Romanian culture. Of all the numbers that appear quite often on superstitions lists, three and seven play a significant role. Romanian myths and legends are full of examples: the balaur has either 3 or 7 heads. Three are the Emperor’s sons who are put through a quest each or all together. Romanian people use number three in repetitive actions, during rituals, such as going around one place or object three times.
There is no wonder of all the bad luck symbols number 13 is one of them in Romania too. The funny thing about it is that when 13 is the day of the month, and it coincides with a Wednesday or a Friday, Romanians says they double their lack of fortune. Number 5 is a common superstitious number especially used by lottery players. In Romania, religion plays an important role, so 666 is believed to represent the devil’s number and bring about misfortune or worse. Its counterpart, 999, is a sign of relief.
Have you ever wondered what objects bring bad luck or good fortune to Romanians? Well, on Mărțișor day, when spring comes, many Romanians exchange small pins and decorations with all the symbols of protection and serendipity. A 4-leaf clover and a horseshoe are just a couple of them.
As for things you should remember before traveling to Romania, is never to offer an even number of flowers to a woman or at a celebration. Flowers that come in even numbers are for funerals only as the Romanian funeral customs require.
The Human Body and Romanian Superstitions
Itchiness stands at the core of Romanian superstitions related to the human body. An itchy left palm is supposed to bring you money one day. On the contrary, an itchy right palm signifies that you must pay someone money. Many almost forgot the itchy nose superstition. Who needs this superstition when it says you might get into trouble or in a fight?
Tingling ears or biting your tongue signify someone is talking behind your back insultingly. However, the hiccup superstition is more benign and one of the funniest to witness, actually. When someone hiccups somebody else is just mentioning them in a conversation in their absence. Finally, one of the most amusing superstitions is the one that says wearing clothes inside out will attract misfortune that day. To resolve it, one should undress and step on the clothes before putting them back on.
Funny Romanian Sayings
They say that toasting with water is bad luck. Other times they say turning a glass or a cup upside-down and placing toothpicks or matches in a cross on top of it should help find lost things. As if amusing Romanian superstitions were not enough, we thought you might enjoy some funny Romanian sayings with a serious twist:
1. Not everything that flies can be eaten means some things in life are unreachable for they can be misleading.
2. Still waters run deep is another saying similar to Dogs that don’t bark bite. It means trouble can be found not at the surface, but as you get to know better a situation or a person.
3. Whoever runs after two rabbits won’t catch either of them. Now that is our favorite Romanian proverb. Be careful! Chasing too many things at once might not be helpful.
4. Whoever digs a pit for another one, he will fall in it himself. This is a proverb dedicated to those unfriendly people out there, who try to intervene in somebody else’s destiny.
5. As you make your bed, so you must lie on it. To accept the consequences of your actions is the mature thing to do, so they say.
The Romanian culture today still reveals the use of superstitions in everyday life. Do you want to know more about Romanian superstitions and folklore? You are welcome to discover many more articles on Romanian folklore and holidays with The Adventures of Kiara Yew.