Halloween is right around the corner and it's a time when superstitions seem to be brought to the forefront.

So, it makes logical sense that National Black Cat Day would fall just a few days ahead of it. The date was originally established in the United Kingdom to raise awareness of the lower adoption rates for black cats.This is likely due to the superstitions surrounding them, establishing that they are unlucky.

So where does that come from? According to HistoricMysteries.com, Medieval Europe was filled with superstitions about black cats.

Normans and Germanic people believed that, like the black raven, a black cat was a sign that a death would soon occur. They thought that if a black cat crosses your path it was bad luck.

Oddly enough, in Britain and Japan, black cats are considered to be good luck, according to wikipedia! As the former owner of the black cat photographed above, I can say that she only brought me great joy. My Georgie left us last year the day after Thanksgiving, but our ten years together were filled with love, and lots of good luck.

I'm actually considering adopting a black kitten in her honor soon.