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20 bizarre superstitions from around the world and the meaning behind them

INSIDER Logo By Madeline Diamond of INSIDER | Slide 1 of 21: <strong> The INSIDER Summary:</strong><strong>Superstitions vary from culture to culture all over the world. </strong><strong>In Portugal, many people believe that walking backwards brings bad luck.</strong><strong>People in Spain traditionally eat 12 grapes at the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve to bring luck for each month of the coming year. </strong><p><br>Most people are at least a <a href="http://www.thisisinsider.com/haunted-house-us-2017-9">little superstitious</a>. Whether that be placing trust in lucky numbers or trying to avoid bad omens, different cultures have incredible stories behind their superstitions. </p><p> Thinking that trimming your nails at night will bring bad luck is a common belief in India, for example, while many people in the US see pennies as a sign of good luck.</p><p> Keep reading for 20 superstitious beliefs from around the globe and the stories behind them. </p>

Most people are at least a little superstitious. Whether that be placing trust in lucky numbers or trying to avoid bad omens, different cultures have incredible stories behind their superstitions.

Thinking that trimming your nails at night will bring bad luck is a common belief in India, for example, while many people in the US see pennies as a sign of good luck.

Keep reading for 20 superstitious beliefs from around the globe and the stories behind them.

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