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Superstitions in Indian Sub-continent

Updated on January 21, 2013
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Superstition is the common believes people obey without any cause, law and discussion. In the Indian sub-continent (Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka), superstitions are observed to be believed by large numbers of people. Often it is seen that some superstitions become tradition, ritual and myths and obeyed by a group of people, not only individuals.

Lets jump into a pond of Superstitions around South- Asia.

1. Hair Cutting: No Hair cutting on Tuesday. Most of the barber shops are seen closed too on Tuesday.

2. Red Chili: The smoke of burnt dried chili can keep away from devil or bad souls.

3. Donation: While donating money to someone or a charity, you should donate a sum which has a “1” in the end. Like, 101 bucks instead of 100 bucks; 51 bucks instead of 50 bucks. It is believed to bring good luck.

4. Tamarind: A children under 12 of age should not eat tamarind. It can liquefy his/her brain and make him/her dull.

5. Cat: Having first look at a cat in the morning brings ill luck.

6. Hiccup: Repeatedly having hiccup means someone is remembering you.

7. Eye twitching: Twitching right eye will bring good luck and vise versa.

8. Palm itching: Itching in right hand palm will bring some money. Itching left hand palm means you will lose some money.

9. Pouring water in plate: After finishing the mean you should pour some water in the plate. Dried plate with leftovers brings bad luck.

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10. Butterfly: If a butterfly sits on someone’s body, s/he will be getting married soon.

11. Dog Wailing: If a dog starts wailing at night, something bad will happen in coming days.

12. Elephant: Seeing an elephant on travel brings good luck.

13. Nail Cutting: Nail cutting after sun-set can reduce the visioning power of eye.

14. Teeth: Bury children’s 1st milk teeth in a rat’s cave. It is expected that the rats will take the milk teeth and in return they will give their sharp teeth which will eventually grow strong teeth in children.

15. Picture: If a famed picture falls of hand on the ground, the person in the picture will face death soon.

16. Rice: If a sack of rice is touched by a woman in menstruation or a woman who had sex but have not took a bath, the sack of rice will be spoilt and can be boiled.

17. Evening: An unmarried girl should not be outside at evening with her hairs untied and uncovered. She can be captured and turned to mad by the bad souls.

18. Lizard: While making statement, if a lizard sound, the statement is believed to be true.

19. Eye winking: Unusual winking of eye brings ill luck.

20. Piled rice: A wife should not break a pile of boiled rice. This may break her marital relationship.

21. Good luck day: Looking at your mother face or picture of a goddess will bring good luck for the day.

22. Ladder: Going below the ladder brings ill luck.

23. Margosa Leaf: Placing Margosa leaves around someone suffering from Chicken Pox will cure him/her.

24. Oil: Spoiling oil from on floor is sign of bad luck.

25. Chick pox: One should not eat non-vegetarian food while suffering from Chicken pox.

26. Telad: A Punjabi concept called “Telad” states that a boy baby born after 3 girls tend to have an “evil-eye” and should be purified by ritual protection and purification.

27. Solar eclipse: In north India, some people take ritual birth to purify themselves after solar eclipse.

28. Evening: Open the main door at evening. It brings fortune.

29. Exam: Taking a spoonful of yogurt with little sugar before exam brings good result.

30. Cat: If you see a cat giving birth, it brings good luck.

31. Spider: if a spider climbs your body, you are believed to get a new dress.


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      janardan behera 

      7 years ago

      to day a butterfly sits on my left hand , but every one told you will marriage quickly.......but my age 17 how I can marry? it is true or falls.............pls justify

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 

      7 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Very interesting. It gave me a nice read. Thank you for sharing.

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      MG Singh 

      8 years ago from UAE

      Nice hub. Incidentally superstitions are in all cultures.

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      8 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      The Indian culture is full of silly superstitions! Great hub!

    • tehjib profile imageAUTHOR

      Kudrat-E-Khuda Barat 

      8 years ago from Bangladesh

      iswaryaa22, I must say that was warmest welcome to me in hubpages. I am glad you liked it.

      Many many thanks for your reading, voting and inspiring comment.

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 

      8 years ago from Chennai, India

      Welcome to HubPages! An engaging hub with an equally engaging list of superstitions! I am familiar with some of them and also learnt more about other superstitions thanks to you. Well-done!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Interesting. Voted up

    • tehjib profile imageAUTHOR

      Kudrat-E-Khuda Barat 

      8 years ago from Bangladesh

      Hi Sherry Hewins,

      Thanks a lot for reading and commenting!

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      Sherry Hewins 

      8 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

      An interesting look at superstitions.

    • tehjib profile imageAUTHOR

      Kudrat-E-Khuda Barat 

      8 years ago from Bangladesh


      It is an honor and pleasure for me to have your view and comment in my hub. Thanks a lot to you too :)

    • tehjib profile imageAUTHOR

      Kudrat-E-Khuda Barat 

      8 years ago from Bangladesh

      Farhin, it is margosa. The Neem :)

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      Daisy Mariposa 

      8 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)


      I enjoy reading articles in which I learn something new. Thanks for publishing this Hub.

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      Farhin Sohan Kabir 

      8 years ago from Dhaka, Bangladesh

      what is Magosa Leaf btw?

    • tehjib profile imageAUTHOR

      Kudrat-E-Khuda Barat 

      8 years ago from Bangladesh

      Ah .. I will surely add it :)

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      Farhin Sohan Kabir 

      8 years ago from Dhaka, Bangladesh

      you forgot the spider. if a spider climbs your body, you are believed to get a new dress :D


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