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Superstitions from Taiwan

Ya-Ping Li

Ya-Ping Li describes interesting superstitions from her country about the number 4, crows, and the color red.


In my country—Taiwan, there are a lot of superstitions. Here are three of them.

First, the word for the number "4" has another meaning, a very bad one. It also means "die", so no hospital has a fourth floor. Even some hotels don't use the number "4" for a room number or a floor number.

Second, in Taiwan, the crow is considered a very unlucky animal. If you see a crow in the morning, it means that you will have a bad day. So, no one wants to see one because maybe some bad things will happen after you see it.

Third, the color red means luck and happiness. For example, during the Chinese New Year period, we decorate everything in our house, using the red color. And, at a wedding, we also wear everything red. The bride needs to wear red shoes, and the bridegroom also needs to wear something red, such as a red tie or a red handkerchief.

The above mentioned are some of my country's superstitions. Aren't they interesting? I think that all country have different superstitions, depending on their cultural and environmental backgrounds.


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