Superstitions are something which is carried on for a long time now.
It can be either due to some religious myths, or it can be some regional myth. Whatsoever be the reason, superstitions do exist!
- People refuse to lend milk after dark as it is believed that this reduces milk production in cattle.
- Drinking milk before going out of the house and spilling of milk is considered a bad omen which is commonly followed.
- There is a strong belief in Eastern India that looking at a fish before starting a project is auspicious.
- It’s okay to do this; after all, this isn’t causing any harm to us!
Curd and sugar (Maa k haath ka Dahishakar)
- People going on trips, traveling a long distance, or students appearing in exam or interviews taste curd and sugar before leaving home to bring in good luck.
- I personally eat it, because it refreshes my mood!
Lemon and chili (Nimbu-Mirchi)
- Lemon and chili tied together are believed to ward off the evil eye.
- They are generally hung at the doors of houses and workplaces.
- A whole lemon kept in a glass of water is believed to absorb negative energies at the workplace. (It does work)
- Spilling of salt is considered a bad omen and is said to bring hard luck.
- Salt should always be dissolved in water before throwing away.
- Salt kept in small bowls in corners of the house is believed to absorb negativity.
Oil and pickle
- Carrying oil and pickles while traveling long distance is considered inauspicious.
- Ghee is considered sacred in Hinduism and a lamp or diya that burns in ghee is said to keep away negative energies.
- Holy basil is believed to be a purifier, and hence the offerings to Gods are purified with these leaves and the leaves are put in food and drinks during eclipses.
- It is also said that keeping tulsi at home keeps all the diseases at a distance.
- Chilies are used in removing ‘nazar’ or evil eye from the affected person.
- Many of us might not believe it, but it is a practice followed by several communities and religions and there is no harm following it!
- Keeping red chilies at home in the patient’s room also helps in taking away negative energy.
- Turmeric is said to keep away negative energies; hence it is sprinkled around the house and is used in religious ceremonies.
- It is also tied in red cloth and kept at various corners of the house to protect it from the evil eye.
- This does work, it has helped me personally!
Do you know some Indian Superstitions related to foods? Then do let us know in comments below!