What breaking dishes really means: folk superstitions
Broken dishes are perhaps the most popular folk superstition. These superstitions are so deeply rooted in the culture that they have been passed down from generation to generation as a very unfavorable sign.
Broken dishes are traditionally considered to be a harbinger of troubles, difficulties and misfortunes. OBOZ.UA figured out what broken plates really mean.
The negative meaning of the sign
People say that broken dishes foreshadow changes, and whether they are happy or not depends on the situation.
One of the most mystical versions is associated with evil spirits and house spirits. It was believed that broken plates could provoke the anger of mystical creatures and lead to misfortune in the house.
Broken glass on the floor is seen by superstitious people as a harbinger of quarrels in the family. According to another interpretation, a crack on a plate is a warning of approaching unpredictable events, which, by the way, can be both positive and negative.
In fact, the story of the origin of the broken dishes sign is quite interesting. In ancient times, dishes were rare for the poor. Even ordinary clay containers were hard to come by, and expensive porcelain ones were generally cherished dearly.
In everyday life, unfortunate accidents happen, and porcelain is a delicate and fragile material, so every broken plate was a cause for sadness, quarrels, and disappointment, especially for the person who accidentally dropped such a precious thing.
Later, in order not to worry too much about the loss of dishes, the tradition of saying that it was "for good luck" took root. This is where the belief came from: something very good and joyful will happen soon to the person who breaks the dishes.
In today's world, broken dishes should be perceived as a simple household accident and not given serious importance.
Earlier, OBOZ.UA explained why people say that you should not keep empty jars in the house.