Love superstitions are among the few that even educated people cling to. The ultimate intent of love superstitions is to keep lovers close or to avoid problems for the new couple. For example, many superstitions involve cooking. One such superstition goes something like this: If the biscuits burn, your lover will be unhappy. As simplistic as this superstition sounds, it can in fact push someone to become a better cook. This superstition fulfills another superstition that notes the proper way to a husband's love is through his stomach.
Silly Love Superstitions
From the youngest to the eldest, women tend to follow love superstitions with what can only be called zeal. One superstition young girls enjoy is twisting off an apple stem and scouting for a boyfriend at the same time. As she twists the stem on the apple, she must recite one letter of the alphabet for each continuing twist. Her hope is that the initial of her true love will coincide with the letter of the alphabet that twists off the stem.
A common superstition boys try to follow is to never call a girl until three days have passed since their first date. The reason? If they do call, the relationship is doomed for failure. Has this been known to happen to someone somewhere along the line? Probably. Did the failed relationship have anything to do with the boy calling before three days had passed? Probably not, but in the world of love anything is possible. Practically, this superstition sounds a note of caution to young men, who may be rebuffed if they seem too eager.
Wedding Love Superstitions
Shoes have always held particular significance when it comes to superstition, so it's not surprising that shoes have been incorporated into a wedding superstition. During a wedding ceremony in Anglo-Saxon times, a husband took his shoe off and used it to strike his new wife.
This was intended to establish that he now had authority over her. In years past, brides used to throw one of their shoes at the bridesmaids. The girl who was hit by the shoe would be the next person to marry. In modern times, this has been replaced with the tossing of the bride's bouquet.
At one point in English history, when the new couple was ready to take off on their honeymoon, their guests pulled their shoes off and began throwing them at the couple. If any of the shoes hit them or their carriage, the bride and groom could expect plenty of good luck during their marriage. Today, some American superstitions claim old shoes should be tied to the back of the car to symbolize the couples' new journey together.
Food in Love Superstitions
The Chinese practice of throwing rice at the new couple, which is often duplicated in American weddings, was done to encourage any jealous spirits that might be hovering nearby to eat, rather than bother the bride and groom. For early warning of a marriage, parents need only break an egg. If the egg has two yolks, a wedding ceremony is imminent.
Bad luck superstitions also revolved around food. Good luck superstitions are often performed to ward off bad luck, such as pulling the wishbone from a turkey. This is a ritual every family partakes of on Thanksgiving, or whenever a turkey is on the menu. Two people take hold of opposite ends of the turkey's clavicle, known as the wishbone, and pull. The one who ends up with the biggest piece is given the chance to make a wish. As long as they don't tell anyone else what the wish is, the wish is supposed to come true. If there are newlyweds at your Thanksgiving table, it is customary to give the wishbone to the new couple so that good luck will follow them throughout their marriage.
Another way bad luck is waylaid is to carry a rabbit's foot. This good luck charm came to the United States by way of African slaves. A rabbit's foot was often placed in the groom's pocket, while a shiny penny was put into the bride's shoe. Both superstitions are supposed to keep bad spirits away while good luck and wealth continues all the days of their lives.
Most Chinese superstitions are geared toward happiness and goodness as opposed to death or bad luck.
Filipino superstitions are colorful and ingrained into the traditions of the Philippines.