We have heard a lot of old wives’ tales
Those quirky beliefs old folks like to tell
Most are nothing more than mere superstitions
Yet many are enthralled by such notions.
Clipping fingernails or toenails at night brings bad luck
The logical reason is that it may leave you with a cut
Snapping a photo of a sleeping person will capture their soul
Leaving the body soul-less and cold.
Always knock on the door before you check into your hotel room
Never point your finger at the moon
Knocking will appease any spirits in the hotel room so that you can stay in it without fear
Pointing at the moon may cause you to lose your ear.
Don’t sweep on the first day of the lunar new year
Good luck will be swept away many Chinese fear
When sweeping your home always sweep inwards
Or else your good luck will be swept outwards.
The Chinese word for four sounds like the Chinese word for death
That’s why most Chinese avoid the number four like the plague
The Chinese word for eight sounds like the Chinese word for prosperity
That’s why most Chinese welcome the number eight with alacrity.
A baby with more than one hair crown will be naughty
Nailing during pregnancy will cause the unborn baby to have some deformity
A mother-to-be should avoid using glue
Or the threat of a difficult labour may come true.
Opening an umbrella indoors will bring back luck
Sitting on your pillow will cause blisters to develop on your butt
Whistling at night will attract the unwanted attention of a lingering soul
Never stick you chopsticks in unfinished rice in your bowl.
Leaving grains of rice on your plate will lead to pimples scaring your future spouse’s face
You can get hemorrhoid if you sit on a hot concrete surface
Giving a clock as a gift is deemed a bad omen
It’s like sending the recipient to their untimely end.
Some parents instill these superstitious beliefs in their children at a young age
The children become trapped in a deviant belief system like birds in a cage
Most superstitions are just irrational beliefs
When ignorance reigns and common sense has taken leave.