Superstitions in Spain

Breaking These Social Conventions in Spain Will Bring You Bad Luck ... or Worse

A common superstition in Spain is that you have to meet eyes with your drinking buddies
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Spain has a lot of superstitions that are the same in much of the western world, such not breaking a mirror (they're expensive, you know) or not walking under a ladder (you never know what's at the top.

But there are some that are unique to Spain (or at least not familiar to those from English speaking countries) especially when it comes to drinking! 

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Superstitions About Drinking in Spain

  • When offering a toast, look every person in the group in the eye
    I've never heard why you are supposed to this: to me, it just seems polite. It's in the English speaking world that people stare at their drink when they cheers. But the rigidness with which this rule is enforced in Spain suggests that some believe it is bad luck if you don't meet eyes.
  • Never cross arms when toasting Phew! This drinking business is getting complicated! Wait your turn to cheers the guy opposite you, don't duck under the other people who are saying 'cheers'.

  • Never toast with a glass of water If you do you'll get seven years' bad sex!
  • Your last drink in a bar is your 'penultima' Because your 'ultima' drink would be the last in your life!

See also: Guide to Eating and Drinking in Spain

More Superstitions in Spain

  • Tuesday, not Friday, the 13th is unlucky. "Martes 13: ni te cases, ni te embarques" (Tues 13th: Don´t get married, nor board [a ship or plane]")
  • A lighter shouldn't be shared among more than three people. Probably in one night. I don't think you're supposed to prevent someone tomorrow from using your lighter if two people today did.
  • A salt shaker should not be passed from hand to hand. Instead, it must be placed on the table, for the other person to pick it up themselves.
  • When pouring liquid from a bottle, the bottom of the bottle should face away from the body and poured towards the body. If the opposite is done, that glass should be thrown in the street.
  • If, while sweeping, the broom hits the feet of a single person, that person will never marry.