Never cut your nails on Sunday

Never cut your nails on Sunday

According to an old European superstition, you should never cut your nails on Sunday. If you have done bad stories they will be told about you all week. Even worse, the devil will follow you around for a week. Trimming nails was considered not only a job, but also a preoccupation with external beauty. This was something that was not tolerated on a day of rest and worship.

Nail trimming on Friday was equally unfortunate. It is said that bad luck and sorrow will befall the home if anyone in the household dares to cut their nails on Friday.

Fridays and Sundays were certainly cut off for nail cutting. Playing it safe, many would wait until Monday before trimming their nails. Monday before noon was said to be a good time to get out the scissors and cut those nails. Cut your nails early on Monday morning and you can expect a gift. The saying went on like this. Cut on Tuesday for thrift, cut on Wednesday for news, cut on Thursday for shoes, cut on Friday for sorrow, cut on Saturday to see your lover tomorrow, cut on Sunday for evil.

In the 19th century, it was a common superstition that if a mother clipped her baby’s nails before the child was twelve months old, that child would become a thief.

Even the Vikings had strong concerns about claws. The vessel, called Naglfar (nail ferry), was believed to be made solely of fingernails and toenails taken from dead people. When the Naglfar is completed, the Jotunns will sail this ship into battle against the gods. This was the last battle. It was Ragnarok, the end of the world. No dead man was to be buried with untrimmed nails. Every precaution had to be taken to ensure that the corpse would not provide more material for the construction of Naglfar. But all was not lost. After Ragnarok, a new world emerges. Whatever happened to Nagulfar, I don’t know.

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