It’s Friday the 13th…
but don’t worry!
Did you know that the number “13” is considered lucky in Italy? Unless that is how many people you have seated at one table – better invite #14, and quick! Want to wish someone good luck? Tell them: In bocca al lupo! But make sure they respond by saying: Crepi!
To celebrate this lucky day, here are 7 more Italian superstitions to watch out for:
1. Unlike the number 13, the number 17 is considered bad luck.
3. Never place a hat on a bed – not only is it associated with bad luck, but also death.
4. Instead of knocking on wood, tocca ferro or touch iron!
5. Bread must never be placed upside down or else bad luck will follow. This is especially true on fishing boats, where upside down bread means no fish, or worse.
7. NEVER give sharp objects, such as a knife, as a gift. If you do, it could ruin your friendship. If you must give something sharp as a gift, also include a coin which can be returned to you to “pay” for the present (and thus, saving your friendship).