There are so many ridiculous Greek superstitions that are based on "Greek traditions" that it seems that some Greeks cannot distinguish between their merely superstitional village traditions (evil eyes, garlic, and knives) and their Holy Orthodox Traditions.
I want to hear more about garlic and knives!!!
I have started a new thread for this topic. These were the answers I got from my son's mother-in-law and from other Greek yiayias.Garlic:
Everytime a Greek baby is praised as being cute or pretty, the Greek parents are to place a clove of garlic around the baby's neck to ward off demons of pride and vanity.Knives and scissors:
When a person presents a gift of a set of knives or scissors, the recipient is supposed to pay for these sharp gifts with at least 10 cents or the equivalent. The superstition is that these sharp objects might cut a relationship unless the recipient first pays for them.
Thus, giving a set of knives or a pair of kitchen scissors as part of the kitchen utensils to a newly wedded couple is taboo.Greek Brides:
Brides are not to leave the house from midnight until the moment of the wedding.
If the wedding is held on Sunday afternoon, she is not to go to church on Sunday morning for Divine Liturgy.
She is not to be seen by any family member of the Groom's family until the moment when she is handed to the Groom by her father (American custom).
If she violates any of these superstitious taboos, then her marriage will not last.