Even nowadays in the eve of St. Andrew’s day, November 29th, young and single women in Poland like to engage in rituals in trying to predict what the outcome of their love life will be. The Poles have interesting beliefs about what month one should marry and many others. Western beliefs like wishing on stars have no place there. This article 3 fascinating Polish superstitions about marriage and love:
In the west wishing on birthday candles, wishing wells and stars is customary. In Poland there is a very unique wishing method. While in the West people keep their eyes on the skies, in Poland people keep an eye out for a chimney sweeper. According to legend if you see a chimney sweeper you must grab a button(either on you or a friend), hold onto it until you see someone who is wearing glasses. When you do – make a wish. The wish is believed to come true and bless you with even more luck for the rest of the day.
Dogs and Geese
This interesting Polish superstition occurs on St. Andrew’s eve. It is two versions of the same belief that an animal can determine who is going to get married next. Legend says that the first person the animal approaches is the next lucky person in line for the altar. This can happen at any time but is mostly done on St. Andrew’s eve and happens with dogs. Each woman will bake a cupcake or make a cookie an all of them will be set in a row. A dog will then be released and the maker of the first treat the dog approaches will be the next bride.
The goose version is a little bit simpler. A goose is blindfolded, the people will form a circle and then the goose is released in the middle of the circle and as with the dog – the first person the goose approaches will be the next bride.
Lace, Leaf and Hat
This is a fun Polish superstition that is supposed to determine if you are going to marry, be a spinster or become a nun. An older woman in the household will place three items under three plates or bowls. The three items are a rue leaf, a piece of lace and a soft hat(can be a swimming cap, a bouffant, or even a shower cap). The plates will be arranged on a table and the single, young woman will pick one. It is thought that if you choose the plate with the hat you will have the great fortune of getting married soon. If they pick the rue plate then you will be an old maid who never marries. If the young woman picks the lace plate she will have the fate of becoming a nun.