web analytics
RECRUITMENT
WE WANT YOU!
We are looking for passionate people to be part of the HUNGZAI Correspondent Team. If you think you have what it takes,
CLICK HERE NOW!
Story Categories
Army Story
Beach
Building
Camp
Cemetery
Chalet
Cinema
Festival
HDB
Hospital
Hotel
Kampong
Office
Pocong
Pontianak
School
Spiritual
Strange Incident
Toilet
Stories By Country
Australia
Brunei
Canada
China
Hong Kong
India
Indonesia
Japan
Korea
Malaysia
Philippines
Taiwan
Thailand
United Kingdom
United States
Vietnam
Home > Horror News > Western Horror News > Superstitious Town Bans Whistling
Superstitious Town Bans Whistling
By: RSS/News Feeds

A superstitious coastal town has imposed a month-long ban on whistling in an attempt to ensure good weather for its annual boating festival.

Portsoy, in Banffshire, has revived an ancient maritime belief that whistling at sea brings ill winds.

The tongue-in-cheek ban was imposed by the organisers of the port’s Scottish Traditional Boat Festival.

The event, which runs from 20 to 22 June, fell victim to poor weather last year.

Festival chairman Roger Goodyear told BBC Scotland that everyone from dog walkers to over-enthusiastic builders admiring the town’s young ladies had been asked to observe the ban.

He explained: “It is an old superstition that if you whistled at sea or near the sea you were actually mocking the devil and he might retaliate by sending gale force winds.

“We thought we would take the best care we could to ensure good weather. Humming or singing are no problem at all, but no whistling.

“Last year we had a brilliant Saturday but on the Sunday we had torrential rain. I do distinctly remember hearing some whistling on the Saturday night – it may not have been Portsoy folk actually.

“We get about 20,000 people here so we are hoping we can get our visitors to behave as well.”

The festival, which is entirely by volunteers drawn largely from the town’s 1,800-strong population, features music, dance and food as well as boating demonstrations.

Black cat

But Mr Goodyear said that at least one music legend would definitely not be welcome on the main stage.

He said: “I have a high regard for Roger Whittaker, but unfortunately he is not invited – he is banned.”

Other nautical superstitions dating back centuries include the suspicion of all things left-handed, with seafarers encouraged to lead with their right foot when stepping off their boat.

Rats leaving a ship is said to be a sign of trouble to come, but the presence of a black cat on board is a good omen for sailors.

Similar Stories

Ghost Hunters Intrigued By Spirit At Bistro - Western Horror News
When Tim Smith opened a restaurant downtown, he didn't count on the spot coming with a side of paranormal. But the owner of PH Bistro on South Main Street reluctantly admits he and ...
Ghosts, Aliens And Us - Western Horror News
When my wife and I had our twin baby boys circumcised in our home last year, the Hasidic rabbi who performed the bris left us with a surprising parting gift: an amulet ...
South Lyon’s Ghost Hunters Search For Answers - Western Horror News
Jennifer Redfern has always been interested in the paranormal activity in South Lyon. But researching it on her own was not easy. In February she contacted Cameron Johnson, another interested local resident, and ...
National Ghost - Western Horror News
What is a ghost but a spirit or a vestige of what once was? In the case of National Ghost, however, it also refers to something that's still alive. The Detroit jam ...
Experts Unearth Srebrenica Bodies In Ghost Village - Western Horror News
Forensic experts said on Tuesday they have unearthed about 1,000 skeletal remains of Bosnian victims of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre in a mass grave. Documents recovered from the grave in this village dubbed ...
FEEDBACK
Found any WEBSITE ERRORS?
Let us know!
RECENT STORIES
°Negeri Sembilan Kampong
°Watch Your Mouth
°Pox
°The Bathroom
°Army Camp Duty
°Don’t Step On It
°Lady In Grey
°Previous Car Owner
°Genting Highland
°The Lonely Senior
MORE STORIES | SUBMIT STORIES
RECENT NEWS
°Ghost Stewardess Seen At Suvarnabhumi Air Crash
°SBS Bus Ghost Caught On Camera
°Tales From The Crypt In Singapore
°Ghost Hunters Intrigued By Spirit At Bistro
°Ghosts, Aliens And Us
°South Lyon’s Ghost Hunters Search For Answers
°National Ghost
°Experts Unearth Srebrenica Bodies In Ghost Village
°Women Aren’t Afraid of Ghost
°Visits From The Deceased
MORE NEWS
Top 10 Stories
°Bedok Famous Haunting
°Pulau Tekong True Fact
°Haunted Schools 1
°Rape Case
°True Ghost Story
°Red House
°Fishing Ghost Stories
°Escape Theme Park
°A School Horror
°SAF Changi Chalet
MORE TOP STORIES
Top 10 Horror News
°SBS Bus Ghost Caught On Camera
°Singapore Death Flats
°Tales From The Crypt In Singapore
°The Old Cathay Cinema Building
°Urban Legends
°Superstition In Singapore
°4-D Punters In Choa Chu Kang Cemetery
°Spirits In Malaysia Jungle
°The Himuro Mansion Haunting
°Women Aren’t Afraid of Ghost
MORE TOP NEWS
SPONSOR
FIND US ON FACEBOOK
About Us | Contact | Privacy Policy @ Hungzai.com 2013 | Singapore Web Hosting