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Superstitions. Whether or not you believe in them, they still exist in today’s world feeding off of peoples superstitious fears and beliefs. From blessing someone after they sneeze, to knocking on wood for good luck there will always be people who believe in these superstitions to keep them alive.
One of the most common superstitions you’ll hear today is that giving or receiving a watch is considered bad luck, and for a number of reasons too. First and foremost, giving a watch as a gift to your significant other is saying two things: you’re counting down the time you have left together and you’re putting time on your relationship which will inevitably end your time together.
It does not matter where you live, this superstition is well known wherever you go. In Asia, giving a watch to someone as a gift is considered a curse, and if you speak Chinese, to give is 送 and clock is 时钟 the two words put together sound like 送终, which means tending to a wake and funeral. Thus it is known as bad luck because of its sound. However, not all these superstitions are bad. In Russia, giving a watch as a gift is a way of saying you want the receiver to live for a long time.
Back in the day, stopping the clock when someone died was a very common practice no matter your religious background. The superstition was if you didn’t stop a clock in a room someone died in, there would be bad luck upon all those who remain in the home. This belief is said to have originated in Germany and Great Britain and it was said that when a person dies, time stands still for that person. A new period of existence then begins without time. If the time is allowed to continue moving on, this invited the spirit of the deceased to remain in the home and haunt without end.
Another reason for stopping the clock when someone died was done based on the belief that stopping clocks was a way to allow the soul of the newly deceased to move on into the next life without any worry about time.