SUPERSTITION IN INDIA

SUPERSTITION IN INDIA

Superstition refers to any belief or practice that is caused by supernatural causality, and
which contradicts modern science. Superstitions beliefs and practices often vary from
one person to another or from one culture to another.
Common examples of superstitious belief in India include: a black cat crossing the road
symbolizes bad luck, a crow cawing indicates that guests are arriving, seeing a
mongoose symbolizes to be very lucky, and itchy palms mean that money is coming
your way.
Indian Superstitions are:
1.Don't step out during an eclipse – Preventing loss of eyesight
2.Do not sleep with your head facing the North – Preventing cardiovascular diseases
3.A girl shouldn't do certain things while she is menstruating – Giving women time for
rest
4.Don't go near a Peepal tree at the night – avoid inhaling carbon dioxide
5.Using lemon and green chilies to avert Buri Nazar – Encouraging consumption
because they are rich in several nutrients
6.Bath after attending a funeral ceremony – Prevents infection
7.The mourning family of a dead person should not cook food until shraddha – Giving
them time to cope and rest
8.Don't cut nails after sunset – in the absence of light, one might get hurt
9.Don't wash your hair on a certain day – Saving water
10. Sweeping the floor during the evening brings bad luck – Something important might
get swept away in the dark
11. Eat curd and sugar before heading out – To keep one cool
12. Swallow Tulsi leaves, never chew – Preventing degradation of the enamel
13. Plastering floor with cow dung is auspicious – It acts as a disinfectant
14. Warding off evil with lemon and chilies
15. Crow shit brings Luck
16. Adding One Rupee to a gift

17. Curd before going out
18. Kajal dot on a baby's Forehead
19. Upside down slipper
20. Eye Twitching

• Some good luck superstitions in India are eating curd before going out for an important
task, spilling salt, and hanging lemon and chilies at the gate.
• Bad luck in India is a cat crossing the road symbolizes bad luck in India, shaking your
legs, eye twitching, a clock that is stuck, and buying black shoes on Saturdays.
• If a black cat crosses your path, it is meant to signal that takes get delayed or
postponed. To reverse it, a passerby must spit, and drivers must make short crosses on
the right side of their windshield. Some even wait till others walk by so that they are
saved, while others just bear the brunt of the 'curse'.
The causes of superstitions in India are followed because of Indian mythology, many
are passed down from our ancestors and simply followed out of habit, while some are
based on scientific reasoning.