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Some Cuban superstitions and beliefs find their origin in the Santeria religion.
Superstition is described as a credulous belief or notion, not based on reason or knowledge.
A popular superstition in Cuba is, that you have to drop some rum on the ground when opening a new bottle of rum to please and feed the spirits and deities.
Another superstition and Cuban custom is to throw a bucket of water out of the front door or the balcony on New Year's Eve at midnight, to get rid of the bad spirits of the past year.
Seeing a Black Cat means: mishief is coming, one of the superstitions in Cuba
- Don't drink cold water or you will catch a cold.
- Never say "el ultimo", for the last drink, or you will die soon.
- Itch in the palm of your hand means you will soon get some money.
- Don't stare to much at a baby or you will give it the evil eye.
- When a person is choking on food, you just pull on his ears hard and the food will pop out.
- If the cat is licking itself you will have company soon, but when you see a black cat this means: mischief is coming.
- At midnight on New Year's eve, you have to eat twelve grapes, very quickly, one for each month of the past year.
- On a Cuban birthday party you have to rub cream from the birthday cake in the face of the birthday person to wish him/her the best for the coming year.
- Taking a bath before you eat eggs.
- The Virgin of El Cobre can grant you a favor, if you go walking and praying from your home to El Cobre.
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