Ukrainian Superstition

Marijka Hayda wrote: “One superstition that my (Ukrainian) Grandmother always freaked out about was whistling in the house. She said that that calls the devil into the home.”

Thanks for sharing that Marijka!

Feel free to share any superstitions you grew up with in the comments below.

Mama Lisa

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4 Responses to “Ukrainian Superstition”

  1. Irene Says:

    My Ukrainian mom always told us that whistling in the house meant the house would burn down. She had a superstition for every bad habit – which I later realized was a way to teach us manners.

  2. Agnetta Says:

    My whole family is from Ukraine. There was something for everything. Whistling was bad fortune, licking the plate meant your husband would be bald, singing while eating meant your husband would be unintelligible, and yawning without covering your mouth was dangerous because your soul could fly out. And so on :)

  3. Lisa Says:

    That’s interesting! Thanks for sharing.

  4. lori rellick Says:

    My ukrainian grandmother had the same superstition about whistling in the house…I’m just curious…where in the ukraine did your grandmother emigrate from? Thanks! Lori
    p.s., Here are some others…if a baby is born in november, a family member will die within 6 months..if a bird flies in the house someone will die…grim, I know!

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