From breaking mirrors to hanging lemon and chilies, Nepal is a country of diverse culture and tradition, as well as of a lot of superstitions. We see them all around every day. A black cat crosses our path and like a dead statue, we stop and wait for someone else to pass first. The best part about the country is that we continue to practice them even if we know nothing is going to happen.
Hanging lemon and 7 green chilies
It is believed in India that ‘Alakshmi’, the goddess of misfortune can bring bad luck to the shop owners or business. Since, she likes sour, pungent and hot things, shop owners in India hang lemon and 7 green chilies at their door so that the goddess eat her favourite food, satisfy her hunger and leave without entering the shop.
If a black cat crosses your path, it’s a bad omen
Just because they are black cats? Not just in India but this is a popular belief in the west too. The origin of this superstition has come from the Egyptians who believed that black cats were evil creatures and they bring bad luck. In India, black colour is generally associated with the Lord Shani. It is said that if a black cat crosses your path, then you should let somebody else pass before you do. This way, the first person will have all the bad luck and you won’t. Watch this video to know details