Crossing your fingers. Keeping a worn-down penny in your pocket. Keeping a bamboo plant by your bedside table. EVERYONE has a way to ensure good luck in their lives. Some are cute, like rubbing a Buddha statue’s jolly little belly. Some are delicious, like chomping down a bowl of Lucky Charms the morning of a big test. Aaaand some are … less than cute OR delicious, like wearing that lucky pair of, ahem, unwashed underwear to your job interview. Regardless of what the tradition IS, have you ever wondered where some of the most well-known lucky superstitions and objects came from? Like, why exactly IS knocking on wood good luck?
With a holiday full of kismet and serendipity coming up – St. Patrick’s Day is March 17th, just in case you forgot! – we figured we’d spend some time researching LUCK from around the world. Here are different customs, superstitions, phrases, people, and symbols from countries all over the globe. ¡Buena Suerte!
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Has this inspired you to take control of your own destiny? With all this knowledge, your good fortune is practically in your own hands now! What is your favorite of these? Is it the bird poop from Russia? That’s ours, too.