Depending on the culture, there are many beliefs that certain things bring luck, while other bring bad luck – it is the same for Slovenians.
Holding a button when meeting the dimnikar brings luck
Dimnikar (chimney sweeper) is a very important profession in Slovenia, because many house burn logs as a main source of heat. Therefore, it is important that the chimney is cleaned and inspected.
I’ve been told that if I hold a button when the chimney sweeper comes, then something good will happen on the same day! Unfortunately, I always forget to wear something with a button when it’s time for inspection… (lol).
Seeing a spider in the house brings luck
Personally, I do not like pajki (spiders) at all, especially inside the house. I just have this pressing urge to smack them right away. Until one day, as I was about to get rid of one, my Slovenian mother-in-law told me that spiders found in the house were believed to bring luck for a short period of time.
All I can say is… the spider got really lucky on that day.
Hearing the cuckoo brings money
One year while on a walk with my Slovenian mother-in-law, we heard koo-koo koo-koo and she told me that she doesn’t have a coin with her. I was like… uh? Apparently, there’s a belief around that too.
If you have a coin in your pocket the first time of the year that you hear the sound of the cuckoo, then you will have enough money for the upcoming year!
From now on, for the sake of luck and money, are you going to always wear something with a button, let spiders make webs in your house or carry a coin with you? Do you know any other similar beliefs? If you so, you are welcomed to share them with me via comments!
Until next lucky round,
2 thoughts on “What brings luck to Slovenians?”
Good to know about spiders in the house. I will pass on the message to Missy. I usually just tell her to ask spider to leave (it does often leave to the opposite direction) or I bring it out to balcony if I have time. I try not to kill spiders as we have a lot of midgets in the area and I prefer spiders over mosquitoes too.
Haha now you have another reason to tell Missy to let the spider live! 😛