Where did throwing salt over your shoulder originate from?
In biblical times, salt was an expensive commodity. Spilling salt was almost a sacrilegious offence. The offender would throw salt over his/her left shoulder to ward off the devil .
What does throwing salt over your shoulder symbolize?
So many people do it without understanding why, but throwing salt over your shoulder is an old tradition. According to superstition, spilling salt is bad luck and throwing a pinch over your shoulder reverses that bad luck. Typically, it’s thrown over the left shoulder.
Why is spilling salt unlucky?
The widespread superstition that spilling salt brings bad luck is believed to have originated with the overturned salt cellar in front of Judas Iscariot at the Last Supper, an incident immortalized in Leonardo Da Vinci’s famous painting.