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Life around the world

Good luck around the world

by : 
DanielT

Around the world, there are a number of different traditions that form part of the culture and can represent either good or bad fortune. It is fascinating to learn about these different habits and how they change from place to place.

In the UK, for example, the number 13 is unlucky and many people change the number of their house so that it is not this number. The number 7, on the other hand, is usually seen as fortunate and many people choose this number when gambling or entering a competition. Another thing to avoid in the UK is walking under ladders, as this is usually seen as bad luck, as is breaking a mirror.

In China, the rituals are a little different. The numbers 6 and 8 are said to bring great health, wealth and overall happiness, as opposed to the number 4 which is most definitely unlucky. It is so serious in many parts of the country that people are prepared to spend a lot of money to obtain a phone number with these "fortunate" numbers, and will actively avoid those with many 4s. Also in China, the colour red is said to be a colour strongly associated with leaders and success, and is one of the most popular colours for this reason.

In Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries, the number 15 is considered lucky, whereas in Sweden the number 3 is thought to bring the best fortune as "good things come in threes".

As can be seen, no matter where in the world you may be, there are sure to be a number of traditions and customs that bring with them a certain element of good or bad fortune. I have been fortunate enough to discover some of them for myself first-hand, and can't wait to find out even more as I continue learning about the places I live and work in.

Discussion

Are there any customs and traditions in your country? Do you believe in them, and do you have any of your own?