Description: Eat fish on Fridays; also, a bed changed on Friday will bring bad dreams; a ship that sails on Friday will have bad luck; a trip started on Friday will meet misfortune; never start to make a garment on Friday unless you can finish it the same day.
Origin: Probably Norse
Friday was the holy day to the Norse fertility goddess Freya (or Frigga, who may have been the same goddess) and on that day fish were eaten in her honour. As a consequence, the early Christian missionaries in Northern Europe had Fridays marked as definitely suspect, culminating in the tradition of the worst Friday of all, the 'Good Friday' when Christ was crucified.
In later centuries the enduring practice of eating fish on Fridays was appropriated by the Catholic Church, which ruled that believers should 'abstain from meat' on Fridays as a form of devotion. Since fish were not strictly 'meat' (a loophole still popular with some vegetarians) they became the default meal on Fridays.
FISH ON FRIDAYS
LITTLE GIRL - BIG FISH
Note: These superstitions
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