Hungarian superstitions

Ancient or modern Hungarian superstitions! Are you afraid of them? What does an exact superstition mean to your daily life? What role does it play and how does it effect on you? Many people strongly believe that the superstition is a general prediction, only a prophecy that predicts positive or negative future events in certain everyday activities.

There are some superstitions that you laugh good at, but surely there are some beliefs that you really take seriously. Here below you will find some of the ancient Hungarian superstitions which, according to experience and surveys, have real base.



A quarrel is expected…

  • if the salt spills.
  • if someone has itchy nose.
  • if a knife falls to the ground.

You have good luck…

  • if a black cat crosses the road in front of you.
  • if you first put on your left shoe.
  • if you see a chimney sweep and turn your button.

An unexpected guest arrives, …

  • if the door opens automatically.

Fast childbirth expected…

  • if the water spills out towards the person who will have the child.
  • if it suddenly rained on the day of the wedding.

Last, but not least, number 13 should be mentioned. Number 13 is for bad luck, but many people consider it’s the exact opposite, bringing lot of money and high luck, especially if the 13th of the month is on a Friday. That is why we are always saying keep any bad things on Friday the 13th.

What brings good or bad luck in the Hungarian culture based on Hungarian superstitions

Not only for Hungarians, but superstitions also have been present in human life since the ancient times. Have you ever experienced any of the lucky or bad superstitions?
Some well-known Hungarian superstitions are the followings:

  • If you come across a wedding ceremony, you will be lucky in love and childbirth.
  • If the wardrobe door opens automatically or your bag is onto the ground, you will lose your money.
  • If any furniture is crunching, some family troubles are expected.
  • If the door opens by itself or you bump the elbow, an unexpected guest will arrive soon.
  • If a mirror breaks, you will not marry for so many years, or you will be lucky for 7 years.

Many Hungarian superstitions connected to Christmas and Hungarian cuisine as well.

Christmas has been one of the biggest celebrations for families for centuries. By today, the form of celebration and traditions have certainly changed. However, several significant habits remained like music, family meals, gifts, and the Christmas tree. Tablecloth is one of the most known Christmas superstition, meaning abundant for the family. Even cereals have also special role with which domestic animals were fed. Washing was forbidden during the holiday, bringing bad luck, illnesses or even death.

The New Year’s Eve superstitions suggest that the first day of the year will have strong effect on the whole year. If you want to have a successful year, you need to pay attention to your actions what you will do on January 1st, but avoid foods that could lead to bad luck. So, the two most important food we should not eat on New Year’s Eve:

It is generally accepted that poultry should not be eaten on New Year’s Day. The chicken is able to scrape all luck out from the ground.
There is a tradition of eating fish. On the one hand, some superstitions say that it is forbidden to eat fish because it is able to swim with our luck. On the other hand, others mention that you can eat fish on the first day of the New Year, just start at the tail therefore you will not lose your luck.


If you are interested in any superstitions or believe your life will be better by using popular beliefs, do that! No matter what others are thinking of you since everyone depends upon something. Someone believes in superstitions, someone in God or someone only in himself/herself.

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