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8 common (and crazy!) Filipino home superstitions

Patricia Danielle Villar Patricia Danielle Villar
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Aside from being the most hospitable bunch on the planet, Filipinos are also known to believe and follow various superstitions. The list of superstitions that Filipinos believe in could go on and on and on. Some may actually appear a bit logical, but some are just plain absurd!

Scan through this list and get to know the common home superstitions that most Filipinos live by. By the end of the list, you will definitely go oooh!

Open doors and windows on New Year's Eve

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It is a common practice for Filipinos to open all the windows and doors during New Year's Eve as a way of letting good fortune come in and stay for the the whole year! 

Stairs and bad luck

Filipino superstitions are very particular with stairs and the number of steps it has. One superstitious belief says that steps should not be in multiples of three — as three means death or bad luck. Another belief forbids having 13 steps, as 13 is believed to be the number of the devil or bilang Hudas.

Days to move in

A lot of superstitious beliefs also come along with moving into a new home. For example, it is encouraged to move into a new home on a Wednesday or a Saturday- rather than any other day in the week.

Rice and coins!

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Another known superstition when it comes to moving in a new home is scattering coins in the living room. This practice is said to bring in prosperity. At the same time, a lot of Filipinos believe that the first ever thing you should bring to your new home is rice, which is a symbol of abundance for some. 

Almighty windows

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Aside from stairs, windows are also of great importance when it comes to Filipino superstitions. One superstition, for example, says that windows located in the east should be opened in the morning in order for God's grace to come in.

Coins, coins, coins

Yet another superstition involving coins and prosperity, it is believed that coins should be put below the master's bedroom for grace to shower continuously. It is also believed that coins should never be placed in the doorway as this might sweep away wealth.

On house location

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The location of a house is also of grave importance when it comes to superstitious beliefs. It is said that one's house should never be directly located at a T intersection. Being located here attracts bad omen.

Bless it

It is common practice in the Philippines, where majority is Catholic, to have their homes blessed by a priest before or shortly after they move in. It is believed that a house that isn't blessed attracts bad spirits to live in it.

Feeling superstitious? Read up on 8 Feng Shui tricks to attract money into your home.

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