World's Weirdest Superstitions

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Understanding local superstitions can help you avoid a faux pas—and maybe improve your luck, too.

Mind Your Flowers, Russia

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Russian culture is rife with superstitions, and reading up pre-trip can be wise. Whistling in a home is verboten, as it is believed to bring bad luck (and is considered rude). When gifting someone flowers, make sure it is an odd number of stems—no dozen roses—because even numbers of flowers honor the deceased. Further, yellow flowers symbolize infidelity and are considered a relationship curse.

World's Weirdest Superstitions

Mind Your Flowers, Russia

Russian culture is rife with superstitions, and reading up pre-trip can be wise. Whistling in a home is verboten, as it is believed to bring bad luck (and is considered rude). When gifting someone flowers, make sure it is an odd number of stems—no dozen roses—because even numbers of flowers honor the deceased. Further, yellow flowers symbolize infidelity and are considered a relationship curse.

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