Very superstitious! HALF of Britons have a lucky number (so what’s yours?)

Fewer Brits salute magpies – most many believe breaking a mirror is bad luck

Half of Britons have a lucky number, according to a new study that reveals just how superstitious Britain remains.

Incredibly, one in six (16 per cent) think twice about walking under a ladder, while more than a fifth of Brits (21 per cent) believe touching wood is a good omen.

Thirteen per cent believe crossing your fingers brings you good fortune and one in five Britons believe breaking a mirror will bring you years of bad luck.

While 49 per cent population have a lucky number, only 28 per cent have an unlucky number, according to the research.

Money-saving website VoucherBox, which commissioned the study, found that the most popular lucky number is seven for 22% of Brits.

The company discovered that while two thirds of Brits (66%) don’t consider themselves to be superstitious, less than 14% said they don’t have a good or bad luck ritual at all.

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Other superstitions include opening an umbrella indoors (13 per cent), a four leaf-clover (12 per cent), blowing out birthday candles (7 per cent) and a black cat (7 per cent).

Interestingly, 8 per cent of the population think multiple magpies bring good luck, whilst only 6 per cent think a lone magpie brings bad luck.

The study is found that Devon is the most superstitious area of the country.

Marco Piu, Voucherbox general manager, said: “Superstitions are so ingrained in British culture that even those who don’t consider themselves to be superstitious will be at least aware of the required ritual in a given situation.

“The survey revealed that over half of superstitions (52 per cent) come from our parents, and the tales and legends are likely to continue to be passed down.”