In the eve of St. Andrew’s day, November 29th, young, single women all over Poland like to do rituals in trying to predict the outcomes of their love lives. The Poles also have some beliefs on what month to marry, and wishing on stars may not be as common there. Here are few weird Polish superstitions that you might find interesting and in some ways, even if it’s just for a little bit of fun.
Knowing These Polish Superstitions Will Come In Handy
In the west, it is customary to make wishes on shooting stars, birthday candles and wishing wells. In Poland, there is a quaint little wishing method that is truly unique. Here, instead of having your eyes glued at the night sky, you keep an eye out for a chimney sweeper. Legend says that if you see one, grab a button (either on your own person or a friend), hold on to it till you see a person in glasses, then make a wish. Your wish is guaranteed to come true and you are even blessed with good luck for the rest of the day.
Dogs and Geese
This is one Polish superstition that occurs during St. Andrew’s eve. This is two versions of the same belief that an animal will be able to determine who will be married next. The way it goes, the first person approached by the animal will be next in line for the altar. Nix the bouquet toss, this you can do anytime, but mostly done on St. Andrew’s eve. First version (dogs): Each lady will make either a cookie or a small cake/cup cake and will set their baked goods all in a row. A dog (preferably one who has not been fed for the day yet) will be released from a fixed point and the maker of the first treat eaten is the lucky one. The goose version is a little simpler. Simply blindfold a goose, make a circle, release the goose in the middle of the circle and the lady approached by the goose first will be the next bride to be.
Lace, Leaf and Hat
This superstition is to determine is you are ever going to marry, be a spinster or become a nun. What happens is, an older woman in the household, either your mom or your aunt, will place three items under three plates (or bowls). The three items being a rue leaf, a piece of lace and a soft hat (like a swimming cap, bouffant, or even a shower cap sometimes). These three plates will be arranged on a table and the single, young lady will then choose one of the plates. It is believed that if the young lady chooses the “hat” plate, will have the good fortune of marrying soon. A young lady choosing the “rue” plate on the other hand, will be destined to be an old maid, or will never marry. If the young lady has the fortune of picking the “lace” place, she will then soon be entering a convent and is destined to become a nun.