Description: It is bad luck to cut your fingernails on Friday; Mondays and Thursdays are good luck; fingernail cuttings should be saved, burned, or buried; clip your finger-nails on Sunday and evil stories will be told about you in the week; clipping finger-nails in the dark of the moon will bring you bad luck.
Origin: Ancient, Everywhere
Many Ancient peoples were greatly concerned with fingernails and the cutting of them. There is even an entire branch of magical divination, called onychomancy, that concerns itself with telling the future from the appearance of fingernails. In Pagan and Medieval Europe it was thought a witch could cast spells if she possessed a fingernail, tooth or hair from her victims. Some healing rituals required the nail clippings of a sick person to be burned in an effort to expunge the illness.
In Japan it is said that if you cut your nails at night, you will not be with your parents when they die.
This girl suddenly realised the
error of cutting and painting her fingernails . . .
Longest fingernails in the world .
Note: These superstitions
were researched and written by Stuart Macfarlane (Website:
and Tom Metcalfe (Website:
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