Friday the 13th!

Friday the 13th – April 13, 2018

Friday the 13th always seems to sneak up on us because it’s not an official holiday on most calendars. There isn’t a real, concrete answer as to where this non-traditional tradition originated, but many people still recognize the day. Some Nervous Nellies have attempted to create their own lucky practices to combat this day. Whether you’re superstitious or not, there’s no harm in being extra prepared! We’ve found some lucky foods from around the world and some foods to avoid to help you survive this Friday the 13th.

Grapes: Spanish New Year’s Eves are full of grapes! Not in wine, but whole grapes. Twelve of them, in fact. As the clock tolls to signal the beginning of a new year, it is tradition to eat one grape at each toll. This is supposed to bring good luck.

Fish: This is a popular lucky food for Germans. Some people even place a few scales from the fish that they eat into their wallet for good luck! Though I’m not sure I want to put fish scales in my wallet, this tradition probably originated because eating fish has a lot of health benefits.

Black-Eyed Peas: In the South, black-eyed peas are considered a “must-have” for luck. On New Year’s Day, Southerners say, you must eat black-eyed peas or else you will not have a lucky year. This could be a real superstition, but it could also be just a way to get children to eat their peas.

Lentils: Italians consider lentils to bring good luck. Probably because they are shaped like small gold coins, lentils are also rumored to bring good fortune. As a broke college student, I’m seriously considering starting to eat more lentils!

Noodles: Another New Year’s Day tradition comes from Asian cultures. The important part of this lucky meal is not to break the noodle before all of it is in your mouth! According to superstition, you won’t have a lucky year if the noodle breaks or is cut. Luckily, you can never have too much spaghetti!

Salt/Pepper: It is a popular belief that it is bad to spill salt. However in Azerbaijan, it is said that it will start a fight. The only way to combat this is to pour sugar on the spilled spice until it is cleaned. Keep some sugar around in the dining halls just in case! Or for another tradition, many Americans who spill salt throw some of it over their left shoulder with their right hand to ward off any bad luck.

Water: Full moons have often been considered bad luck, but Turkey takes it a step further. Turkish people believe that you should not drink water that has reflected the moonlight. If you do, you will have bad luck. So this Friday the 13th, keep your water away from windows at night!

Wishbones: You’ve probably heard of this one, but it is also popular in England. If two people pull on a wishbone, whoever ends up with the bigger part when it breaks gets to make a wish. Unfortunately, strength isn’t always a guarantee for a larger piece, so make sure you choose your opponent carefully.

Coffee: Next time you’re in Starbucks, you’ll have to keep this one in mind: It is often believed that if the bubbles on the top of coffee float toward you, you will come into wealth. Interestingly enough, this tradition comes from the land of tea: England. The superstition doesn’t say anything about stirring the coffee, so you may be able to control your fortune!
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