Thursday, May 24, 2012

Bad Luck Will Rain on You

Today has been a dreary rainy day and it has sparked one of the many superstitions, umbrellas!!
Open an umbrella inside and bad luck will "rain" on you.
Why do so many people believe this? Maybe it's something parents tell there children so they do not play with umbrella inside and break or poke their eyes out! or maybe it is one of these two ancient ideas:

The most common stems from the days when umbrellas were used mainly as protection against the sun. To open one indoors would be to insult the sun god and invite his wrath on everyone in your household.
Another theory borrows from the idea of an umbrella as a protector against the storms of life. If you were to open one in your home, the household guardian spirits might think you felt their protection was insufficient, and then they'd leave in a huff. Then everyone in the house is cursed.

But what i think happened is that somebody somewhere left their umbrella open to dry out, left the house with his umbrella still open and then had some horrific event happen to him. He made a connection to the umbrella and the bad luck and the word spread that the superstition was actually true! Regardless every time I hold that umbrella in my hands I can't help but to think in the back of my head to "not open this up inside or I will get bad luck!" I surely can't be the only one!

Check out some more information on the umbrella superstition:

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