A few days ago I was returning home and I got on the elevator with a couple. It looked liked they were returning home from grocery shopping. The lady was holding a single coconut in her hand. It was a bit odd to see a single coconut not in a bag or anything, just being held. I’m not sure what possessed me to speak but I just said, “That’s a nice coconut, are you gonna eat it like that or use it in a recipe?“
The gentleman chuckled a bit and then the lady proceeded to explain to me that she bought coconut to use in a bit of ritual they had planned for the new car they had just bought. Apparently, the ritual involves breaking open the coconut in front of the car and then dousing the tires in the coconut milk for good luck.
I don’t think she was trying to fool me as she seemed very sincere about this. I’ve never heard of such superstition and my limited Google search did not yield any results. She made it seem like this was just something her family did and it isn’t part of a larger cultural awareness.
Anyways, this is one of the most interesting things I’ve heard of recent memory.