The mirror in the photo above was given to me by my mother. Its frame is made of walnut tree wood and had decorated her house for years. A carpenter in the old city of Nicosia had made it for her in 1957. Now, it decorates my flat. To me, it's a valuable possession, not for its material worth but for its priceless sentimental value. I also think that it's blessed. A few months ago, Alkis and I got up with a start in the middle of the night. We soon discovered that the heavy mirror had fallen down from the wall. I'm not superstitious but, I must admit, I was scared. We soon realised that, miraculously, the mirror was intact! It had neither broken nor was it damaged!
There is a lot of folklore in Cyprus about broken mirrors.
- If a mirror falls from the wall, it means that someone is going to die.
- A broken mirror means seven years of bad luck and misfortune.
- A mirror is the reflection of your soul.
- If someone dies, all the mirrors in the house must be covered.
- If a baby looks into a mirror before the age of 2, it will die.
- If you break a mirror at work, you will be fired and have 7 years of bad luck.
- If a couple looks at one another through a mirror on their wedding day, they will have a happy marriage.