Filipinos are naturally superstitious. Filipinos’ daily way of life is encompassed by countless sayings, proverbs, beliefs, and superstitions that have grown in number throughout the various regions and provinces in the country. These beliefs have come from the different sayings of our ancestors that aim to prevent danger from happening or to make a person refrain from doing something in particular.
These beliefs are part of our culture, for one derives their beliefs from the influences of what their customs, traditions and culture have dictated to explain certain phenomena or to put a scare in people.
Some are practiced primarily because Filipinos believe that there is nothing to lose if they will comply with these beliefs. We hear them from our parents and grandparents, even without scientific findings or logical reasons. Most often, they are coincidental and are usually referred to after the effect. Yet, superstitions are interesting components of the chemistry of Filipinos’ day in and day out activities.
Many people in the Philippines believe that when a cat crosses their path, they should go back to their house and postpone their plan for the day because pushing with the plan may produce bad results. To some, the black cat means a warning that something life-threatening is about to happen.
It is believed that if the bride tries on the wedding dress before the wedding takes place, the wedding will not come to pass. But how will the bride know if the gown perfectly fits?
Single women are often advised not to sing while cooking because they will marry a widower.
According to Filipino beliefs, the phase of the moon is crucial when planning something. Thus, it is better to find a job during the waxing period of the moon rather than during the waning period.
This is like a curse. According to beliefs, one should not marry within the same year that an immediate family member also got married or when an immediate family member passed away. The repercussion of not following this belief is that bad luck will befall upon the newly-married couple’s life.
When a person drops a fork while eating, this means that a male visitor is about to arrive. On the other hand, a female visitor is expected if a person dining drops a spoon.
No one is really certain as to why fallen utensils are omens for unexpected visitors, but it seems to be a widespread belief in other countries as well. The meaning even behind the specific utensils varies from country to country. Some believe that the direction of the handle indicates the direction from which the visitor is coming from.
If you do, you doom the last single dinner guest to a life of loneliness. Meal times are sacred. They’re central to just about any culture in the world. There is something intimate about satisfying a basic need alongside other people. Since the shared experience casts a certain bond over all the participants, clearing the dishes before everyone is finished somehow breaks that magic, leaving whoever who is not done eating out of the loop, and thus, live all by himself/herself permanently.
Mentioned above are just a glimpse of more than hundreds superstitions Filipinos have. They may be true; they may be not.
Undoubtedly, some of the superstitions are practiced by my friends, including me, to make an occasion a fun one. I don’t see any problem with them. Superstitions only tell us to be careful with whatever we want to do.