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It's Friday the 13th, so here's a rundown of some famous superstitions . . . and where they started...
1. Plucking the petals off a flower to play "she loves me, she loves me not." It comes from a game in medieval France, called "to thin the leaves of a daisy." The English saying came around after it was printed in a 15th century songbook.
2. Throwing a coin into a well to make a wish. Since wells are a source of water, they symbolized fruitfulness. So if a woman stood by a well and made a wish, it was supposed to come true. And back then she usually wished for a husband and
3. Kissing under the mistletoe. It's thought to have originated at ancient Greek festivals, as a way to ward off evil and welcome love into people's homes.
4. Throwing rice at the bride and groom. It comes from ancient Hebrew and Egyptian cultures, and is a symbol of fertility and good fortune.
5. Carrying something old, new, borrowed and blue at your wedding. These are based on a couple traditions. The "old" shows a couple's intention to keep their existing family connections, even as they begin a "new" family.
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