Superstitions Your Hispanic Parents Might Say (part 1)

The Hispanic culture has many superstitions or sayings that have been passed down through generations. Many people now think they’re mostly just tales people say, but older people think that at some point it was real. Many PV students have grown up knowing these sayings and some believe they are true.

“When I was 10 my dad told me about The Llorona. So as a child obviously I feared the dark. Even at some point I was too scared to walk to the bathroom and I would ask for someone to accompany me until I was done with my business.”-Jesenia C. (11th grade)
History: The Llorona was a lady said to be wearing a white dress that haunts people either crying or screaming for her children. This is also a story told by Hispanic parents to keep their children out of trouble.











“The scariest thing I heard about was El Cucuy. I always thought that it was real even until now. I’m still sort of scared to be alone outside in the dark.”-Daisy O. (11th grade)
History: El Cucuy is a Mexican folklore that is said to be a man creature that would steal and eat misbehaving children. This is also another story used to scare children to not be outside all the time.












“Dropping your food when eating with people around was a superstition that meant that someone wanted to eat some of it.”-Carmen Lopez (12th grade)
Explanation: This is a superstition most Mexican people know because when there’s a family dinner or just a family get together, and someone is eating something good and it falls someone might say that another person in the room also wanted to eat the food.














“Sneezing two times meant someone was talking bad to you and if you sneezed three time someone was thinking about you.” -Daisy B. (11th grade)
Explanation: This is a superstition some people use when you are constantly sneezing. It could be that you’re sick but most Mexican people will say that someone’s talking or thinking about you.














“It is bad luck for the groom to see his bride and the wedding dress before the wedding.” – Noelia Lopez (11th grade)
Explanation: This superstition is so well known that even sometimes non-Hispanics apply it to their weddings.