Some Sicilian superstitions and traditions work by using certain behaviours, such as leaving someone's house from the same door that you entered and never placing new shoes on top of the kitchen table. Others make use of both common and special items to help ensure good luck and health, and to ward off evil. Giving your Sicilian friends gifts based on these traditions can help invite fortune and ward off evil spirits.
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Brand New Coins
Sicilian New Year's traditions include placing new coins heads-up on the windowsill to bring good luck in the new year. Help your friends to prepare for the best by giving them coins that have been minted during the past year.
This gift is good for friends trying to sell a house. St. Joseph was the Virgin Mary's husband and the appointed earthly father for Jesus Christ. Sicilian superstition holds that you will have better odds of selling your home if you bury a small plastic statue of Joseph upside down in your front lawn.
The Devil's Horn necklace is a red, gold or silver curved horn that gives the wearer protection from curses. Also called the Corno, the amulet is said to protect a man's virility and to also have the effect of bouncing curses off of you and back onto the curser.
Make and bring your friends a lasagne on New Year's Day to ensure fortune for the next year. Sicilian tradition holds that those who eat lasagne on the first day of the year will have good luck the entire year. Do not eat any other pasta dish on that day, for other pastas have adverse effects for the year.
Broom and Salt
Another Sicilian tradition is that new homes must be cleansed of the spirits of previous tenants to prevent harm to the inhabitants. The new homeowners sweep out any evil with the broom, and should sprinkle salt into the home's corners to help sanctify the home. This tradition is especially important for newlyweds. For the same tradition, you can also give them a loaf of bread or water that has been blessed by a priest.
Along the lines of "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue" for a wedding, wearing green the night before is a tradition for the bride-to-be. Giving her a green shawl, blouse, coat, or other article of clothing will help her to invite good fortune and abundance into the wedded union.
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