It’s official - Derry is the capital city of superstition.
As Friday, April 13 looms ever closer, a new survey to find out if people really do have a stiff upper lip or whether belief in superstitions have become an epidemic has revealed that our very own city is tops when it comes to avoiding walking under ladders etc.,
The survey also reveals that:
* Derry is the most likely place for people to believe in unlucky omens such as opening an umbrella inside or breaking a mirror.
* In Derry, more than one in ten think that they have become more superstitious since the recession hit - believing they could use all the luck they can get.
* In Derry, one in six (15%) think they’ve got less lucky recently.
* Derry people are twice as likely to believe in good luck charms rather than those in the North West of England.According to the poll from pchprizes.co.uk, we still live in fear of many traditional myths and superstitions, for example, believing that breaking a mirror brings seven years’ bad luck.
More than a fifth (21%) of people admit to purposefully avoiding cracks in the pavement or walking under a ladder, in an effort to avoid misfortune.
Leading the poll for the most common superstition is magpies, where one in five truly believe the old rhyme of ‘one for sorrow’ and ‘two for joy’. People in Northern Ireland are the most concerned about seeing magpies (26%), compared to the Welsh who take sightings of the distinctive black and white birds in their stride (15%).
The fear of Friday 13 itself is known as friggatriskaidekaphobia! It seems to have originated in the 1800s but Friday has long been considered an unlucky day and the number thirteen also has a history of being seen as an unlucky number.