Friday the 13th and Greek Superstitions

Even though Greeks fear Tuesday the 13th as a bad luck day, the Anglo-Saxon culture that has invaded the country through movies, television and the Internet has brought Friday the 13th to the forefront as well.

After all, let’s not forget that Black Friday has become a fixture in Greek consumers’ consciousness, so why not Friday the 13th, too?

Greeks have some superstitions, with some of them being international, and believe that if they come across certain things, then the rest of the day — or even year — may be full of bad luck.

For instance, the biggest Greek superstition must be “To Mati”, the evil eye. Most Greeks feel that they are under the spell of the evil eye because they are too beautiful, or too rich. No matter which category, many Greeks run to the “xematiastra”, the woman who knows how to send away to mati.

Greeks cannot see black cats crossing in front of them. They will freak out if they see a black cat as they are believed to be harbingers of bad luck, even though a sane person would say that this is only the color of the poor feline.

Also, broken mirrors freak Greeks out as they could bring seven years of bad luck. If a mirror breaks inside a family home, some may even want to pack up and move out ASAP. This is because many believe that a mirror does not only reflect the image of a person but their soul inside as well.

Dried up flowers are believed to be signs of eminent bad luck as well. After all, dried up flowers are, in essence, dead flowers. And who wants dead things in the house, unless it is those succulent steaks in the refrigerator ready for the grill.

An old calendar or belonging to a previous year is bad because it shows the quick passage of time. And the days to come may not be good to you.

Greeks also have a thing with spilled salt. They say that if you spill salt by accident, then bad luck is coming to you.

And since we are on the table and spill salt, there are some superstitions there as well. Older Greeks believe that you should never put bread upside down because this is disrespect for the Lord that gives you the bread to eat. If you do so, you will end up poor and hungry.

Another superstition that looms over the table is that if you drop your spoon, hungry people will sit on your table. This is not very hospitable, though, is it?

Finally, no Greek wants to walk under a ladder. For Greek Orthodox Christians, the ladder forms a triangle when is put against the wall and if you walk underneath is a sign of disrespect for the Holy Trinity.