Brazil: Bonfim Ribbon

Sangroncito explains the Fita do Bonfim (The Bonfim Ribbon), a small piece of ribbon which Soteropolitanos (citizens of Salvador) tie three times around their wrist, making a wish on each knot. Legend says the wishes will come true when the bracelet falls apart months later, but be warned: “If you pull it off yourself it may spell gloom and doom for you.”

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