Symbols of Good Luck

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!  I had a shamrock shake today in celebration and I’m wearing a pistachio green top so no one pinches me.  I work at a high school.  In the current day I believe if anyone really got pinched they would be in big trouble.  When I was a kid we would pinch and twist so wearing green was a must.  To the point teachers would pin green on you so they didn’t have to deal with the kids in tears over the brutal pinches all day!  It made me wonder about  different symbols that people believe bring good luck.   Here are some of the superstitions I would hear as a child when these symbols came into our daily routine.

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The four leaf clover is a rare variation of the common three-leaf clover. According to tradition, such clovers bring good luck: In addition, each leaf is believed to represent something: the first is for faith, the second is for hope, the third is for love, and the fourth is for luck.



Some cultures believe seeing a ladybug brings good luck. The person may then succeed in love, have good weather, experience financial success or simply receive some other desired wish.


People would gather around on Thanksgiving to hold the wish bone and make a wish in hopes of it bringing them good luck.  Pilgrims brought this tradition to the Plymouth Rock.

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Some people believe it’s only good luck to pick up a penny if heads is showing. A penny with the tails side up should be turned over for another person to find. … You may hear people repeat a common rhyme to this effect: “Find a penny, pick it up. All day long, you’ll have good luck.”

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