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25 Latino Superstitions That Are Proven Fact

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Some people think that they just have good luck, and leave it at that. Not Latinos. We have an arsenal of rules to help attract good luck and repel bad luck. And if something bad happens to you, it’s probably because you put your purse on the ground, or spilled the beans on a good dream you had.

Here are the top 25 Latino superstitions I grew up with and thanks to the Internet, we can gather up all our family superstitions and make Latinos the luckiest group of people around. Comment with your family’s superstitions.

1. The evil eye will ward off evil spirits.

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Wear them on your wrists, ankles, paint them on your fingernails, post them up inside and outside the house. These lil guys will protect you from evil spirits. Plus, they’re real cute.

2. Eat twelve grapes on New Years Eve.

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On New Years Eve, right when the clock strikes midnight and you’ve made your ching chings, everyone starts eating grapes. Each grape represents one month out of the year, so you can set yourself up for a wish granted each month.

3. Keeping a full glass of water on the fridge or behind the bed absorbs evil spirits.

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Also, the family dog. It’s f*cked up, but it’s what my Nana always said. Also played out to be true in “Signs,” am I right?

4. If you sweep a single woman’s feet, she will be single forever.

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Say a prayer to St. Anthony, because your future is lost forever. It’s best to light all the candles in the house and legit get on your knees and beg.

5. Keep an upside down broom behind the door if you want to prevent unwanted visitors.

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Or, you could just use the broom to chase them out if they come over. Seems more effective imho.

6. But don’t forget to throw out last years brooms in order to get rid of the evil in the house.

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Grandma: Did you throw it yet?

Me: I’m on the roof doing it now!

7. If you put your purse on the floor, the devil takes your money.

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Like, in a metaphorical big way. Not just the money in your bag. It’s also terrible luck.

8. If a bright colored bug gets in the house it is good luck.

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Because our mothers come from the land of bright bugs, and they come bearing gifts. I’ll take it! Thank you buggies.

9. And then there are the preganancy/baby superstitions. Babies have to wear red to ward off bad energy.

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You have no choice in the matter, nobody cares what your color is. You’re wearing red. Like, everything is going to red for a while.

 10. If you are pregnant and rub your belly, the baby will get a mole in that place.

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Hands off the belly, todo el mundo, you’re making my baby ugly. P.S.- This is why Latinxs are so flawless, btw.

11. If you cut a baby’s hair before they turn 1 it is bad luck.

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The iconic look every single one of us wore for the first year of our lives on earth. Never goes out of style. Never.

12. To make labor easier, fill a large pot with hot water.

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Once the water boils, place the pot on the floor and squat over it for as long as you can. This will help make your labor a breeze… allegedly.

13. Pinching a red-head could give you good luck.

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This must be why my mother went red for a few decades. She loved the attention. 😉

14. If you put your shirt on inside-out it means that someone is going to give you a gift soon.

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I’m owed so many gifts, for real. Maybe they’re pity gifts, built into these very many superstitions. Or perhaps it doesn’t work if you do it on purpose.

15. Staring at a dog while it poops mean you are going to get an eye pimple.

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Cover your eyes, and look away. For everyone’s sake. Although, I still don’t know what an eye pimple is.

16. You never ask someone to pass you the salt or you’ll get all their bad luck.

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But if you reach over the table, ya murió. When we were kids, random viejos would always compliment my mom about how well-behaved we were. It’s because we were terrified to do anything lest we break a superstitious rule.

17. If a fork falls, a woman will visit you and if a knife falls, a man will.

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Are these good or bad visits? Is this good luck or bad luck? We don’t know but it always feels like an omen.

18. If you have a nightmare tell someone immediately or it will come true.

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This is why Latinos are constantly talking about their nightmares. If it’s a good dream, though, you better not say a word or it won’t come true.

19. If you dream of someone losing teeth, someone’s going to die.

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I mean, we could get into a dozen different superstitions that come from dreams. Please see your local abuelita for a ‘Dream Book.’ Dreaming of teeth is the ultimate omen though. Let’s hope it’s not three teeth…

20. The Rule of Three’s.

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It’s the most comforting superstition of all (jk, jk). If two bad things have happened to you, your mom will be quick to point out that another is on its way.

21. Don’t ‘split poles’ or you’ll have bad luck.

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Verdad, my tía once threw my cousin into a trash can after she willfully walked between two poles. Our family has never recovered from the curse of the split poles.

22. All you need is a red thread to get rid of hiccups.

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Got hiccups? No problem! Just lick a red thread and stick it to your forehead and poof! Other childhood methods include drinking a Yoohoo upside down on the couch.

23. Itchy Palms=$$$

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Itchy palms? DO. NOT. SCRATCH. THEM. Maybe it’s just an old wives’ tale to prevent us from scratching, but I’m hooked on the lure. Hint: it’s money. Money is coming your way. Pray for itchy palms, friends.

24. If the expectant mother is outside during a full moon, the baby will be born with a giant birthmark.

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You might think the full moon is there to light up a beautiful pregnancy pic, but wrong. It’s laying birthmarks all over your baby.

25. The most important pregnancy superstition imho is to never resist a food craving…

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…or else your baby will come out with its mouth open. I plan to put this superstition into effect in my everyday. I’m gay, but you can never be too safe.

New Years Eve Superstitions And Traditions That We All Swear By Because They Work

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New Years Eve Superstitions And Traditions That We All Swear By Because They Work

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We all know that the magic of Jan. 1 is the promise of a fresh slate with mint new opportunities for love, dinero y good luck. Most people get drunk and kiss someone while they watch a giant ball drop in New York.

Latinos have a whole different method to ensure good luck, safe travels and hot sex in the new year and nobody else will understand.

If you’re Camila Cabello, you tweet this every year.

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In 2016, she admitted the superstitions got to her and now she feels morally obligated to tweet that every year. I get it. Traditions make the magic happen. We bet she does literally all of this, too.

We get drunk off coquito and stuff our bodies with leftover tamales/pasteles.

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You make enough tamales or pasteles at Buena Noche to last you until NYE because if your body doesn’t enter the New Year with food so entrenched in tradition, you get the same creepy feeling Camila gets when she considers not tweeting about her last shower. You just do it. You eat and get drunk.

Because we reuse everything, you also make sure everybody gets a chupito de coquito.

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I don’t know what all this is, but we’re here for the Bacardi and we’re not going to drink it straight. Do as our ancestors taught us and prosper.

You eat 12 grapes at midnight.

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One for every month of the year. Most of us make a wish for every month if we’re coherent enough to form thoughts.

Before the festivities, you scrub that house clean.

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Because we’re all about the metaphors and superstitions. Clean the juju out of su casa unless you want to carry it all with you into the new year.

And then toss the dirty water out the window.

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*NOT* down the drain. The superstition is if you throw the bucket of dirty water out the window, that’s what officially washes you of bad juju.

Oh and before midnight, you do one last sweep.

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We’re nothing if not thorough. Plus, it’s a way to make sure the kids know that they’re always on the clock.

Lentejas bring you good luck so eat the most.

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You also warn your date that the farts will be with them tonight, but it’ll all be worth it because you’re about to be their good luck charm in 2019. Come, come, come.

You run around the barrio with your luggage.

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Well, that’s what we all know we’re supposed to do, but we’re all too lazy and proud to actually go outside and do it. So you run around the house with your luggage so that your year is blessed with travels. It works!

Wear white for prosperity. Never wear black.

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Maybe it’s the Santería in us, maybe it’s the Brazileño, but wherever this superstition comes from, we abide by its laws. The luck of the new year is all in the color of su ropa.

Want your year de amor? Wear red underwear.

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For some reason, our parents will be the first to tell you that if you wear red underwear, you’ll attract your soulmate in the next year. “It’s the law of attraction,” they say.

Want that money? Wear fresh yellow panties.

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I know. I hate the word ‘panties,’ too, but this is the script in the Great Book of Superstitions. They all say to wear yellow panties if you want good fortune next year. Don’t shoot the messenger.

Another way to earn that dough is by holding silver coins in your hand at midnight.

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I mean, this one makes sense–if you follow the Law of Attraction. Make it rain, 2019.

Screw your left foot. You’re standing on your right at midnight to start the year off right.

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Just like we all know to walk onto an airplane with your right foot for life-saving luck, we all know to flamingo it up at midnight. Raise your hand if you made a fool of yourself the first NYE with blanquitos. 🙋🏽

Burn your enemies. Literally.

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Burn photos of the men that ghosted you, of the boss who unfollowed you on social media, of every resentment you hold dear in your heart from this terrible, terrible year. Don’t carry it with you–let the fire take it all.

Palo Santo your entire home and cuerpo.

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Some of us use sage but most of us use Palo Santo. We flood the house with it’s purifying smoke to rid the house of ghosts, bad energy, etc. to make room for the good that’ll come with the new year.

Every single light must be on in the house at midnight.

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It’s the one time of year your mami isn’t running around, turning off lights, yelling, “Y que? Piensas que soy un banco?” It “brightens” the new year.

Quick! Do three squats.

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Well, it’s more like, get off your ass and stand up. Now sit back down and do that three more times. Voila! You’re going to get married next year. De nada.

It’s 2018 so we’re creating new traditions.

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Honestly, mosre people need to get in on this one.

I’ll be saving my energy to smash white corporate supremacy in 2019, hbu?

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What crazy traditions will you keep and which will you bury? Comment below!


READ: NYE Traditions That Seem Weird AF To Everyone Else But Latinos

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This Is What A Latino Household Is Like On The Day Of A Solar Eclipse

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This Is What A Latino Household Is Like On The Day Of A Solar Eclipse

You know what solar eclipse means for Latino families… Superstitions.


Yes, lots of superstitions.

Pregnant women probably heard more warnings than anyone else.

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Guess this woman is going to be stinky for the solar eclipse.

Even those who claim that these superstitions are silly and annoying, eventually you might start to low-key believe in them yourself.

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It’s better to be safe than sorry, right?

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Just in case the sight of the solar eclipse burns your eyes yah know.

And if you really don’t believe in these solar eclipse superstitions, then your mom will probably take matters into her own hands. Just like this mom did:

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This is my mom.

But moms aren’t the only ones buying into this. Dads are also taking precautions.

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Damn, this dad is serious. He legit canceled his appointment. ?

Even pets are being directly affected by these superstitions.


Awww so cute.

So if you were annoyed by your mom’s eclipse superstitions, imagine how these pets feel.

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Pobrecito.

But it’s not an eclipse superstition party without this classic Latino superstition:

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You must wear red and you must have on safety pins – especially if you’re pregnant.

It’s gotten to such an extreme, that Latina moms are reaching out to ask if they’ve gone too far.

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What do you think? Have they gone too far with these superstitions? Or do you believe in them as well?

Basically, this is what sums up a Latino household during an eclipse:


This is too much.



READ: Here Are Some Of The Most Random Superstitions That Pregnant Women Actually Follow


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