There’s this one superstition almost everyone of us practices without realising; “Saying bless you when someone sneezes”. Telling someone bless you after a sneeze is a quick reflex that many people possess this superstition. It’s customary to respond to a sneeze so much so that if you fail to bless someone, they may get offended.
But why are we so compelled to say these words to anyone who sneezes? Well, there are a few superstitious theories on why the sneeze specifically calls for a bless you. The most popular began in Rome when the Bubonic plague ravaged the population and one of the symptoms of the disease was sneezing. Pope Gregory the first belief that saying “God bless you” after a sneeze what protect people from Death. There is another theory that stems from ancient history, It used to be believed that a sneeze could accidentally expel someone’s Spirit from their body. Fortunately God could prevent it with the small blessing. Others believed that sneezes expelled unwanted evil spirits. This was good for the sneezer, but it put others at risk. So blessing everyone around was the safety.
(I too say BLESS YOU when someone sneezes, it’s fun & i feel it’s one more way to send some good vibes to other person.)