摘要： Annie\x26#39;s Italian culture corner
Part of knowing a foreign culture is, of course, to know some of their superstitions.
China sure has some interesting ones, but Italy as well has its own peculiar beliefs!
This week lets have a look at some of them, just in case you want to fly over there and dont want to do something that would bring you bad luck!
First of all lets talk about unlucky numbers: in Italy the unluckiest number among all is number 17.
The reason seems to root back into Latin, where 17 was written as XVII. But mixing the number components, from XVII you would obtain VIXI, which resembles the Latin word “vixi” meaning “I lived”. But if you lived, as past tense, it means that now you live no more. So, because of this connection with death, 17 is really not the most favorite numbers for Italians!
Another controversial number is number 13. It is generally perceived as a positive number, but not if you are organizing a dinner! The number, in the occasion of a dinner, it reminds of the religious event of the Last Supper, where the 12 Apostles where reunited for the last time with Jesus: Jesus ended being betrayed by one of them later on, so having the same number of fellow diners would be a bad omen.
If it happens that you have 13 guests for your seated dinner, well, better invite one person more or organize a standing dinner!
Never put your hat on the bed! In the past, only the doctor visiting a very ill person at home or the priest arrived to assist the spirit of a dying man would put their hats on the bed of the unlucky person. So if you do it, something bad might happen!
Another object to be very careful with its a mirror. If you happen to break one it will bring you 7 years of bad luck! Think twice next time if you plan to move one from a room to another!
And you? Do you believe in superstitions? Remember that, as somebody said, “To believe in superstitions is a sign of ignorance, but not believing in them is bad luck!"