Irish society in the past was very much characterized by old superstitions but it’s surprising to find modern people still believing in them. We have often heard of black cat superstition associated with bad luck and Halloween superstitions. Well, as popular are these myths; equally popular are Valentine’s love superstitions. These Valentine’s Day superstitions, especially the bird superstitions about Valentine, are still heard in the contemporary world too.
It was during the Middle Ages when men and women would pick up pieces of paper from a bowl containing names of persons whom they considered to be their future Valentine.
There are superstitions associated with the kind of person one is likely to marry on the basis of the first bird one would see on the Valentine’s Day. If a woman gets to catch a glimpse of a robin, then it was thought that she would get married to a sailor.
A sparrow means you are likely to tie the knot with a poor guy and goldfinch will bring you fortune and your wedding bells are likely to ring in a millionaire’s house. A Dove will bring happiness to your life as it is thought that if you see a dove on the lover’s day, it is likely that you’ll get married to a kind hearted man. The only negative superstition about birds is that if a woman gets to see an owl, she would not get married. People also devised their own ways of predicting the number of children a person would have by blowing the dandelion seeds in the air and then the number of seeds that remain intact on the stem, that many children a person is likely to have.