Don’t sweep during the night time, what else? Superstitions and the reasons behind

Nepal, a country with thousands of people and among them are a number of superstitions that they follow. There are a lot of it that doesn’t really make sense when we think of it, but at the same time, there are numerous people who seek it. Here we have listed some of the superistitions that are still followed and the reasons behind them.

Sweeping the house in the dark


“You shouldn’t sweep after the sunset.” This phrase might be common in some of the households in Nepal if you try to sweep your house in the dark. Well, why? There is this common superstition where people are not allowed to sweep in the house after sunset. Reason; back then when there was no electricity or light in the dark, there were chances of various precious ornaments to have fallen, and sweeping in the dark made it worst as they lost their precious stones. Therefore, our ancestor preferred to clean their house during the daytime, so they could avoid sweeping away something important.

Cutting nails after sunset


Like sweeping in the dark, cutting nails in the dark is also believed to be a superstition here. You are told not to cut your nail once it gets dark. The darkness and the cutting nails resulted in cuts after the sunset.

Crow is referred as our ancestor


It is believed that crows are related to our ancestors. As per this popular legend, during the, “Once Jayant, the son of God Indra, disguised in the form of crow and hurt Sita. In anger, God Rama took a hay and used it as an arrow and parted one of the eyes of Jayant. After realizing his mistake, Jayant asked for God Rama’s forgiveness. God Rama then forgave him and blessed him with a boon that when the food is offered to the crows, it will reach the ancestors.”

Crush the head of the snake after killing it


People suggest  to crush the head of the snake after killing it or else the snake would come back to seek a revenge. But the fact here is that a snake can bite or kill a person even with a detached head and in order to completely neutralize it, they need to crush it. Also, snake being a cold-blooded organism, if some of its vital organs stop working it can stay alive for hours.

Eat curd and sugar before doing some important


Whenever you are to start a new journey or maybe do something important, there is a ritual of offering you with curd or something sweet. The climate of Nepal highly recommends the consumption of curd which has a cooling effect on the stomach; the sugar which is added in generous quantities before someone is setting out for an important work provides instant glucose. This combination is hence indispensable for Nepalis, so its consumption slowly linked to the good luck for the people.

Hanging lemon and seven chilies

Alakshmi, a god of misfortune brings bad luck to the shop owners or business. In order to prevent her from entering  the shops they hang these seven chilies and lemon. It is believed that after consuming lemon and green chilies Alakshmi loses her urge to enter the house or shop, she will turn around without casting her vicious eye. The cotton thread which is used to pierce the chilies and lemon absorbs the acid from the fruit whilst it is fresh; this smell keeps the pests and insects away from the shops. This is a simple pesticide which came into practice from ancient times which is mislead now superstitiously.


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Written by Dorjee Khando

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