"Touch Red" Greece Local Custom Tip by janetanne

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Tuesday the 13th
Unlike the western belief, in Greece the unlucky day is Tuesday 13th and not Friday 13th.

The expression "Piase kokkino" (touch red)
When two people say the same thing together they immediately say "piase kokkino" to each other and then they must both touch any red item they can find around them; this is because Greeks believe that saying the same thing is a bad omen and that the two persons will get into a fight or an argument if they don't touch something red! Why the colour red is associated may have its roots in the fact that 'red' often symbolizes the 'blood of Christ.'

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  • Written Mar 19, 2006
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