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There are several theories for this.

One theory says that the phrase "God Bless you" came from an Islamic practice which originated over 1400 years ago. According to the Islam religion, when someone sneezed, he should say "All Praises to God" and in response the people would reply "May God Bless You".

Another explanation is that when people sneezed it was believed that the heart would miss a beat; in that microsecond, the skip would allow the devil to enter the body. Therefore, saying "God bless you" would stop the devil from entering one's body uninvited.

Another middle ages superstition held that, when one sneezed, a large amount of breath (regarded as the very breath of life) could be expelled suddenly from the body, resulting in death. In case the victim died in this instance, he/she would at least go to heaven with God's Blessing.

Written records state that the saying goes back to the time of Pope Saint Gregory I, or Gregory the Great, who was Pope of the Catholic Church from September 590 until he died in 604. When Pope Gregory ascended to the Papacy, it was just in time for the start of the Plague, so this Pope is unfortunately known as the patron saint of plague. He believed that constant repetition of litanies and unceasing prayer for God's help and intercession would help ward off sickness. On 16 February 590 A.D., Pope Gregory decreed that whenever someone sneezed, others should say "God bless you" in response. The blessing was given in the hope (or belief) that the one who sneezed wouldn't then develop the plague.

Perhaps there was more to this than people realised: it is interesting to note that the plague of 590 A.D. dissipated very quickly.

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Q: Why do people say 'God Bless You' when you sneeze?
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What happens when you sneeze?

Snot comes out of your nose and people usually say "bless you" or "god bless you". the reason people say god bless you is because you heart stops for a quick second and bacteria is what comes out when you sneeze.

Why is it when people sneeze another says bless you?

they say bless you because when you sneeze your heart stops's there thanking god that you did not die

Can you say God bless you when you sneeze?

I do

How do you say god bless you in German?

God bless you = Gott segne dich (God) bless you! (after a sneeze) = Gesundheit!

What happens physically during the process of sneezing?

Snot comes out of your nose and people usually say "bless you" or "god bless you". the reason people say god bless you is because you heart stops for a quick second and bacteria is what comes out when you sneeze.

When God sneezes does he say God Bless you?

God is not human and there are no physical needs in the supernatural realm. Therefore, God does not sneeze.

If god sneezed what do we say?

God can't sneeze, for he cannot be sick. He's perfect. If God were to choose to sneeze (sneezing is not always a symptom of an illness) and you were on hand to witness it, it would not be inappropriate to say "You bless You" which is a short way of saying "May you bless yourself".

What do people say when you sneeze?

Bless You. It sounds strange, I know, but that's what they say...

What do you say when you sneeze?

Bless you.

When you sneeze do you say achew or atissuew and do you say bless you as well?

You just say bless you.

Why do people say 'bless you' when you sneeze but nothing when you cough?

No one really knows..... maybe people are just use to it. It was once believed that sneezing was something to do with being possessed by demons, so 'bless you' i.e.'God bless you', would help save you.

What do you say in spanish when you sneeze?

The equivalent to the English "God bless you" would be "Salud" in Spanish. This means "health."

How do you say bless you in Arabic after a sneeze?


Do you say something when you sneeze?

if you have manners you would say excuse me, pardon me, or bless me. bless me is better.

Why do people say blush you when people sneeze?

Because you're hearing "Bless You" wrong, or they heard "Bless You" wrong and are saying "Blush You" because that's what they think you say when someone sneezes.People say "Bless You" because there was an old belief that your soul could slip out (or a demon could slip in) of your nose when you sneeze. The superstition is mostly gone, but the practice stuck.

Why do people say bless you when other people snezz?

because you can die when you sneez so they say god bless you too.

How do you say bless you after a sneeze in Spanish?

salut! pronounced: saloot

How you say god bless in Telugu?

god bless you

How do you say God bless you in marathi?

god bless you

Do Jewish people say God Bless You?

Jewish people prefer to say bless you, without saying G-d's name

How do you say god bless you in Garo language?

We say God bless you as 'Isol patichina'

How do you say 'God bless you' in Farsi?

When someone sneeze: AafeeAt BaashehWhen someone does something good: Khodaa khayret bedeh

How do you say God bless in Japanese?

God bless Japan

How to Say god bless you in fijian?

God bless you and your sister

How do you say God bless you in Punjabi language?

god bless