There are many superstitions in Britain. But one of the
most widely-held is that it is unlucky to open an umbrella in
the house. It will either bring misfortune to the person that
Opened it or to the household. The person who opens an
umbrella in fine weather is very unpopular. It's very unlucky
to walk under a ladder. If you must pass under a ladder you
can avoid bad luck by crossing your finger and keeping
them crossed until you've seen a dog.
The number 13 is said to be unlucky for some. And when
the 13th day of the month falls on a Friday, most of the people
prefer to stay at home.
The worst misfortune that can befall you is breaking a
mirror. That will bring you seven years of bad luck. This
superstition is supposed to have originated in ancient times.
Because mirrors were considered to be tools of the gods. And
at last there is a superstition of touching wood for luck. This
measure is most often taken if you have said or done something
wrong or stupid.
1. Are there many superstitions in Britain?
2. What is the most widely-held superstition?
3. Is number 13 unlucky for people in Britain?
4. Why is it dangerous to break a mirror?
5. Why do British people touch wood?