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Top 10 Turkish superstitions

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    Top 10 Turkish superstitions

    Superstitions have been an integral part of Turkish culture for centuries, and many of these beliefs and practices are still widely held today. From the belief in the evil eye to the practice of wearing red underwear on New Year's Eve, superstitions play an important role in the lives of many Turks. While some of these superstitions may seem quaint or humorous, others have a deeper significance and are taken very seriously. So here are the top 10 Turkish superstitions that you might find interesting.
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    1. The evil eye: The belief in the evil eye is widespread in Turkey and the surrounding regions. It is believed that jealousy or envy can bring harm to a person, and that a talisman or charm called a "nazar boncuğu" can protect against it. These talismans are often in the shape of an eye, and they can be found on jewelry, clothing, and in homes and businesses. The nazar boncuğu is thought to absorb the negative energy of the evil eye, protecting the wearer or owner from harm.
    2. Crossing your fingers: This superstition is believed to bring good luck when making a wish or hoping for something to happen. It is common for people to cross their fingers when they are making a wish, or to cross their fingers behind their back when they are telling a lie.
    3. Sneezing: In Turkey, it is believed that when you sneeze, someone is talking about you. It is also customary to say "çok yaşa" (which means "may you live long") after someone sneezes.
    4. Number 13: Just like in many cultures, the number 13 is considered unlucky in Turkey, and some buildings do not have a 13th floor. This is because the number is associated with bad luck and is believed to bring misfortune.
    5. Black cats: In Turkey, black cats are often associated with bad luck and are sometimes believed to be the companions of witches. It is also considered unlucky if a black cat crosses your path.
    6. Itching: If your palm itches, it is believed that you will receive money. If your nose itches, you will receive a gift. These superstitions are often associated with financial gain and good fortune.
    7. Whistling indoors: In Turkey, it is believed that whistling inside can bring bad luck, as it is thought to summon evil spirits. This is especially true at night or in a dark room.
    8. Horseshoes: Hanging a horseshoe over the door is believed to bring good luck and protect the house from evil spirits. The horseshoe is believed to have magical properties, and it is thought to bring good fortune to those who possess it.
    9. Broken mirrors: It is believed that breaking a mirror brings seven years of bad luck. This superstition is based on the idea that a broken mirror represents a distorted reflection of the soul.
    10. New Year's Eve traditions: In Turkey, it is common to wear red underwear on New Year's Eve, as it is believed to bring good luck for the coming year. It is also customary to jump over a bonfire to leave behind the old year's troubles and bring in the new year with good luck and prosperity.​