Posted September 17, 2013 by John Baintree in News

Lucky Superstitions Around The World

A superstition is defined as an “irrational belief in or notion of the ominous significance of a particular thing, circumstance, occurrence” or a custom or act based on such belief.  We’ve all crossed our fingers for good luck at one time or another, I’m sure and who can pass a penny on the ground?

“Find a penny, pick it up, and all the day you’ll have good luck.”

Not me, that’s for sure.

Many of our superstitions deal with money and wealth and gambling probably has more than its fair share of superstitions considering luck is involved here in a big way.  We’re taking a look at some lucky superstitions around the world to see just how strange some of them are.

Culture Vultures?

Folklore in South Africa maintains that vultures have the ability to see the future with their razor sharp eyesight.  This has led to gamblers in South Africa buying vulture heads as good luck charms.african-vultures

Unlucky for Some or All?

In Las Vegas, the gambling capital of the world, most of the hotels don’t have a 13th floor because of the negative luck that’s traditionally associated with the number.  In Vegas, as in the rest of the world slot machine designers usually factor payouts around a combination of three 7s – this is because the number 7 represents wealth and good luck in so many cultures.

Into the Lion’s Den

Many Asian gamblers believe in the good luck powers of the colour red and will often wear clothing in that colour to bring luck at the tables.  In fact Asian gamblers are amongst the most superstitious in the world as credited by the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.  The entrance was treated to a multimillion dollar revamp to avoid Asian guests having to walk through a lion’s mouth which is deemed unlucky!

Black Cats

While in England and the rest of the UK it’s considered good luck if a black cat crosses your path, the very opposite is true on mainland Europe where black cats are considered to bring back luck.

Even so, for the most part, people the world over are beginning to share the same superstitions, especially in the world of gaming.  Craps players the world over blow on dice to bring good luck and so many gamblers of all nationalities carry a lucky charm or talisman of some sort or another.  Whether it’s a rabbit’s foot, a four leaf clover, a horse shoe or a photo of a loved one, they believe that touching this item will bring them good luck – and who are we to contradict?

One thing that has become clear while looking at gambling superstitions from around the world is that we have more beliefs in common than we do differences.