Fingers and Hands

cross your fingersFingers Crossed:

By making the sign of the Christian faith with our fingers, evil spirits would be prevented from destroying our chances of good fortune.

If you cross your fingers when you make a promise, you don’t have to keep the promise or didn’t really mean what you said.


  • If the palm of your right hand is itchy, then it foretells that money is coming to you, but don’t scratch it as that stops the money from coming!
  • If it’s your left palm that is itchy, then scratch away, as that means that you’ll soon be paying out money.
  • If hands are crossed at the table while passing a dish, a wedding will follow. The top hand belongs to the person who will be married.  Pennsylvania.

Shaking hands:

  • Ukrainian: It’s bad luck to shake hands over a doorway.
  • If four persons cross hands in shaking hands on taking leave, one will marry before the year is out.  Prince Edward Island, Eastern Massachusetts, and New York.

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