Do You Believe?

Those nails you’re working on today may bring you more than your weekly wages. In cultures around the world, there are (or were) superstitions about the good, the bad, and the ugly those nails can bring a person. Here is a sampling of some global nail superstitions and beliefs.


Need an excuse to take off work today? Just say you’re from one of these countries and don’t want to bring your clients bad luck by working on this day believed to bring misfortune to those who clip and cut their nails. 

Croatia Sunday (scissors or needles should not be used on anything on this day)
Greece Wednesday and Friday
Italy Friday
Philippines Friday
Russia Monday (for newborns)



And for those who need a good reason to get to work on time… there are days that are best for clipping, too.

Germany: Friday

Russia: Thursday

According to an article by Mary-Anne Alvaro at Global Psychics, there is also an old rhyme from England regarding the right days for cutting hair and nails:

“Cut them on Monday, you cut them for health;

Cut them on Tuesday, you cut them for wealth;

Cut them on Wednesday, you cut them for news;

Cut them on Thursday, a new pair of shoes;

Cut them on Friday, you cut them for sorrow;

Cut them on Saturday, see your true love tomorrow;

Cut them on Sunday, the devil will be with you all the week.”



In some countries, family elders passed down these superstitions as a guide to new parents to know about their newborn’s nails.

Croatia Only use nail scissors on a baby after it is one year old: otherwise the baby will not talk properly
Poland and Russia Only cut a child's nails after it is one year old (before that they should only be bitten); otherwise the baby may become a thief.
Philippines The first nail clippings of a baby should be placed in the stairs to prevent the baby from falling off the stairs when he starts walking.
Russia If you cut a newborn's nails outside on a street, he will be a good singer.


For expectant mothers:

Poland               If you're pregnant and stare at a very ugly person, your child will be the same. The solution? You must stare at your nails for a while.
Russia If you're pregnant, do not step on any nail clippings, which may cause a miscarriage.

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