Are you going to visit one of the fabulous Malaysian destinations soon? You should probably know all about local superstitions, so the locals don’t think you’re about to be bad luck. Discover the fascinating, funny and scary superstitions of Malaysia with us!
Where do superstitions come from?
Superstitions are not based on science and have often been passed down from generation to generation, depending on your geographical location. You probably won’t be surprised to hear that many superstitions are founded in religion and come from religious literature and their stories.
Superstitions in Malaysian Culture
1. Red Is Lucky, Black Is Not
Most people have a lucky number or a lucky colour, and in Malaysia, it is red that is considered lucky while black is thought to be unlucky. But don’t worry, you won’t have to walk around only wearing red clothes or anything. You can still pack your favourite black pants or shirt and not get any worried looks. You won’t see this superstition play out in public often unless you visit a Malaysian casino that offers roulette gaming. There are many different types of roulette that can be found, most notably in the online space, like American roulette, European roulette and VIP roulette. But in Malaysia you’ll typically see more people stick to the basics, and wager on red or green than black.
2. Brooms and Feet
There’s one local superstition that says a broom should never touch anybody’s shoes or feet. Because a broom is used to brush away dirt, it is believed that when a broom touches someone’s feet, that person will receive bad luck. It is often suggested their bad look will come by never marrying or even the death of a parent. It’s also a pretty good excuse never to do the sweeping around the yard.
3. Sleepy Feet
That’s not the only Malaysian feet superstition we have for you. It is understood that sleeping in a room with your feet towards the door is extremely bad luck. The reason this is considered bad luck related to Malaysian funerals. In many funerals, the deceased person will be carried out of their home in their coffin – feet first. Therefore, people think it is bad luck to sleep in a coffin-like position with your feet facing the door.
4. Dry Food
Have you ever finished your dinner but put off doing the dishes until the next day? Did you forget to scrape any leftover food into the bin? Your parents will tut at you for the first one, but they might gasp if you also committed the second crime in the country. If you let your food dry out on a plate after dinner, it is said that you run the risk of having your food supply or even your wealth dry out for the rest of your life. If you go out for dinner in Malaysia, remember to eat everything up. Malaysian food is excellent, so this probably won’t be a problem!