Share your story: Are you or your family superstitious?

Most superstitions are harmless, of course, though some can play into mental-health conditions

One for sorrow, two for joy: superstition is mainly grounded in culture, religion and tradition.

One for sorrow, two for joy: superstition is mainly grounded in culture, religion and tradition.

 

Have you walked under a ladder recently? Do you wave or clap when you see a magpie? Would you even consider disturbing a fairy fort? If you’re hit by bird droppings do you consider that good luck or bad fortune?

There are many superstitions, some hundreds of years old, many much more recently formed – some originated in Ireland, many others are adopted from elsewhere. And even today, plenty of superstitions survive – honoured and obeyed by a new generation.

Most are harmless, as Frank Kilfeather details here – but some can have a major and negative impact on a person’s life.

Share your story about superstitions

We’d like to know about superstitions that were handed down to you. Why do you, or your family, still take note and observe certain superstitions?

We will publish some of the submissions on irishtimes.com.

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Thank you.