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Lucky Charms

St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday celebrated all over the world that is based on an Irish Saint. The so-called “luck of the Irish” is what tradition says is what helps you get lucky in everything you do.

There are many symbols for luck that are well-known by many and several are even associated directly with St. Patrick’s Day.

Here is a list of some popular “lucky charms” (I bet you didn’t know WHY some of these were considered lucky):

  • Horseshoes - It is believed that when they hang with the ends pointing up, it acts as a container to store all the good luck that may be floating around.
  • 4-leaf clover- These are a major symbol of St. Patrick’s Day and are considered to be lucky by many. The 4 leaves each stand for something different: faith, hope, love and luck.
  • Rabbits foot- Apparently, only the left hind foot in a rabbit that has been shot or captured in a cemetery during a full moon, new moon or Friday the 13th, according to some, be shot by a silver bullet and the foot must be cut off while the rabbit is still alive. So, if you thought that rabbit foot you got at the skating rink was good luck, think again.
  • Wishbone- These are supposed to be pulled apart until the wishbone cracks. Whoever ends up with the longer side will have their wish come true.
  • The number 7- 7 is considered lucky by many people. Some believe it is because it is quite frequently seen in nature and religion. Others feel as though it’s just a common choice for a lucky number.  
  • Ladybugs- most commonly associated with good luck because of the environmental impact they have. Ladybugs are very helpful in that they eat harmful insects and help plants grow.
  • Penny- “Find a penny, pick it up, and all day long you’ll have good luck.” Many of these are myths that have kind of become traditions today.
  • Bamboo- Specifically, Dracaena sanderiana, is the “lucky” bamboo. It has been used in the practice of feng shui and the number of stalks is symbols of specific things as well. Three mean happiness, five mean wealth, six mean health. The bamboo with only four stalks is avoided because the word in Chinese sounds too similar to death.
  • Stray eyelashes- Stray eyelashes on your cheek are a common sign that it is time to make a wish. Once you find one you blow it off and make a wish.

Some of these may seem weird, but they are common among many people. Do you have any weird lucky charms, symbols or practices? 


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