Is it possible to give and receive towels as a gift: how not to bring bad luck

By SSPDaily editionFeb 7, 2024 16:31 PMSociety
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In Ukrainian culture, towels played an important role in various rituals, including funerals and weddings. Therefore, it is very important to know all the nuances when you decide whether to give one for a birthday or New Year. SSPDaily has learned more about these beliefs.

Why you shouldn't give towels

Throughout history, towels have symbolized funeral attributes. These towels accompanied the deceased during the burial ceremony. According to traditional beliefs, gifting a towel can bring on a serious illness, conflict, or misfortune.

It is advisable to refuse such gifts, especially from people who may have bad intentions. If refusal is not possible, it is customary to offer a symbolic payment for the gift and say the words "Paid" to mitigate any possible negative consequences.

Can I give kitchen towels as a gift

Indeed, gifting towels can be tricky, even when it comes to specific types of towels. For example, kitchen towels have their own traditions. Once upon a time, they were used to wrap food for those who were going on a long journey. Therefore, it is believed that gifting a kitchen towel can unintentionally contribute to a long separation between people.

When to give towels as gifts

Embroidered towels, in particular, have a special significance as amulets. Young craftswomen carefully created intricate patterns on them, putting love and positive energy into their work. These custom-made towels were intended for selected partners, symbolizing love and deep connection.

Therefore, hand-embroidered towels can serve as an appropriate gift for newlyweds or couples celebrating anniversaries. However, it is very important that they are made by close and dear people.

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