11 Of Malta's Silly, Strange And Spooky Superstitions
It's not just black cats that bring bad luck
Growing up all Maltese kids heard the tall tales about the dangers of walking under a ladder or breaking a mirror. We may laugh them off as silly superstition, but a small part of us is still a little anxious there's some truth to the stories. Just in case fearing black cats wasn't enough for you, here's a few more superstitions to worry about.
1. Spilling wine is a good omen
So once you've stopped crying over the wasted wine, you can look forward to happier times.
2. As is having a pigeon shit on you
At least there's a silver lining to the ultimate Valletta ordeal...
3. And a ring soaked in a child's bath water will bring you good luck
And as any parent will tell you, when you have children you need all the luck you can get.
4. Killing a black moth will give you bad luck
Seems like a rumour started by the moths themselves...
5. As will working on Good Friday
Oh well, if we have to relax!
6. And wearing new clothes on any Friday (Good included)
Asos, please take note.
7. Dreaming of candles means you're soon gonna die
So here's to having exactly zero romantic dates or relaxing baths in your dreams.
The plain weird
8. A tortoise's blood can cure jaundice
As if the poor buggers weren't hunted down enough
9. Boys born on the Feast of the Assumption would go on to win many horse races
On what day would they be enlightened to give racehorses decent names? #StarlightChlamydia
10. You can cure an eye infection by throwing barley in a well
Exactly seven grains in the well, and you're healed. No more. No less.
11. A woman on her period cannot work in a bakery or vineyard
Well she can, but she'll apparently ruin the taste of the finished product. Just by being present. Interesting.
Shoutout to Malta Rural Tourism for their information on some of these traditions.