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Why bread should not be broken and why it should be cut: the essence of the superstition

Maria ShevchukLife
The symbolic meaning of bread is hard to overestimate

The importance of bread in culture is significant, often used to represent all food. Superstitious individuals pay particular attention to it, especially concerning how bread is cut to avoid negative energy.

OBOZREVATEL explores various superstitions, explaining why breaking bread is considered bad and why men are traditionally entrusted with cutting pastries.

Why signs advise against breaking bread

The image of bread is intertwined with wealth and fate. Special bread, like a wedding loaf, reinforces this connection. Breaking bread is discouraged, as it is believed to symbolically break one's fate. Moreover, it generates many crumbs, which are associated with impending poverty and illness. If breaking is inevitable, tradition suggests kissing and blessing the broken piece.

Why a man should cut the bread

Traditionally, the task of dividing bread falls to the head of the family, typically a man. This responsibility extends to ensuring fair distribution among household members. It was customary not to leave a knife in the bread, as doing so was thought to bring about quarrels, discord, and misfortune for the family. Cutting bread on a hanging day was also forbidden due to its association with financial problems.

Earlier, OBOZREVATEL told you why you shouldn't eat with a knife.

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