What is considered Unlucky?
“The harder I work, the luckier I get.” – Samuel Goldwyn
What is your take on this quote? Do you believe in good luck or bad luck? Don’t we sometimes blame instances, dates and occurrences to bad luck? Human mindset conveniently blames all wrong doings on bad luck without thinking logically as to why it happened. Research has shown that we generally use the left side of the brain which is subjected to think negatively more often. It’s just like seeing the glass half full or half empty.
Most of us consider a black cat crossing the road as unlucky, Friday the 13th and breaking of a mirror are also considered very unlucky. But is this all true? The perception of being lucky or otherwise is deeply rooted in the superstitious nature of an individual.
In the olden days, people relied on superstitions more than scientific theories whilst interpreting any incident. Superstitions and incidents that occurred subsequently which were believed to be unlucky, then were totally avoided later.
What was considered unlucky?
1. Breaking of a mirror or glass crockery
My grandmother insisted that one should be very careful while handling a mirror as it could bring 7 years of bad luck to the family. The belief behind this can be explained that mirrors were extremely expensive in the olden days and moms never wanted them broken. A broken mirror has sharp edges that could hurt anyone plus the reflections of these are distorted.
2. Do not cut nails after sunset
Cutting nails after dark was considered unlucky too. It was strictly not allowed even in my household. As I looked deeper into the matter to see the logic behind this. As there was less natural lighting after dark one could hurt or cut themselves with the sharp clippers. Nothing unlucky about this.
3. Avoid the path crossed by a black cat
Long long ago, when people would travel at night in India, they used to travel by bullock carts. The kerosene lamps would light up the eyes of wild animals such as leopards, jackals and large cats. This looked eerie and would scare the bullocks. Hence they would stop to drink water whenever any animal would cross the road. This unlucky act got passed down through generations and even till date a black cat is considered as unlucky. Black is believed to be a color of evil.
4. Keeping finger crossed for good luck
And yes, we have all crossed our fingers at some stage and time in our lives. Did we realize why? Its for the hope that the good happens. eg- A housie number you want to win the jackpot. At the spur of the moment to ward off the bad luck and usher in the good luck a person crosses the middle finger over the index finger. But does it help?
5. Number 13 is unlucky
Even number 13 is considered an unlucky number by so many. 13 is never a good date to do anything auspicious and especially if it falls on a Friday. Many try to avoid the number 13 as they consider it as unlucky. The major reason is that, at the Last Supper with Jesus Christ, there were 13 people. The major reason for Jesus betrayal and crucification.
6. Dahi Cheeni for Good Luck
So why is consuming a spoon of curd and sugar before going out of the house considered as lucky? Nope, this has nothing to do with being unlucky or lucky. It is just a way to stay calm as the enzymes in curd and sweetness of sugar keep you hydrated and cool to focus right.
My final thoughts
Whether you’re superstitious or not, it wouldn’t hurt to take extra care of how you handle it on a day to day basis. And then, accordingly, you decide whether it is unlucky or lucky and move forward, positively.
And you can catch up with my post on letter T – Travel while you are young