"Still lie the sheltering snows, undimmed and white;
And reigns the winter's pregnant silence still;
No sign of spring, save that the catkins fill,
And willow stems grow daily red and bright.
These are days when ancients held a rite
Of expiation for the old year's ill,
And prayer to purify the new year's will."
Helen Hunt Jackson, A Calendar of Sonnet's: February
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This is my 13th ‘New Discussion’. I hardly dared to post it . Will it bring me bad luck? Somehow the number 13 is considered by many people to bring bad luck. Especially Friday 13th should not be a fortunate date. Yet this is not supported by statistics. The Dutch Centre for Insurance Statistics found out that fewer accidents and reports of fire and theft occur when the 13th of the month falls on a Friday than on other Fridays. Could this be because people are preventatively more careful or just stay home, so there are less cars on the road on Friday 13th?
Many people are superstitious in some way. How about you? Do you dare to walk under ladders? And what if a black cat crosses your path? Do you first blow in your hands before you cast a dice? Do you choose special lucky numbers when you play in a lottery? Etcetera. Are many people superstitious in the country where you live? What do they believe in? Let’s talk a bit about superstitions.