Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals, Irish traditional music, and the wearing of green attire or shamrocks. There are also formal gatherings such as banquets and dances, although these were more common in the past. St Patrick's Day parades began in North America in the 18th century but did not spread to Ireland until the 20th century. Over time, this special day has created legends and lore. One lore most associated with Saint Patrick’s Day is the Lucky Four Leaf Clover. This had us thinking at Workman’s Friend about all of the lucky charms people believe in. Let's face it, the world is a bit crazy. We all could use a little luck on our side. Here is a list of lucky charms in case you need a little luck riding on your side!
Lucky Four-Leaf Clovers
Only one in 10,000 clovers sport the forth leaf! You can see then why they are considered lucky… because you are “lucky” if you can actually find one. The leaves all have meanings. The first leaf represents “hope”. The second leaf represents “faith”. The third stands for “love”. The rare fourth leaf stands, of course, for “luck”. Even more rare is the FIVE LEAF clover. They do exist! The fifth leaf represents “money”!
The legend of horseshoes being lucky comes from ancient mythology. Horseshoes were cast from iron and used seven nails to secure the shoe. It was believed that evil fairies could not touch iron. The seventh nail was also thought to make the horseshoe lucky because the number seven was thought to be the perfect number… and lucky. Opinion is divided as to which way up the horseshoe ought to be nailed. Some say the ends should point up, so that the horseshoe catches the luck, and that the ends pointing down allow the good luck to be lost; others say they should point down, so that the luck is poured upon those entering the home.
Ladybugs are often overlooked as a “lucky charm”! Some cultures say that if a ladybug lands on you and you don't brush it off, your luck will improve. Others say that if a man and a woman see a ladybug at the same time, they'll fall in love. in Belgium, a ladybug crawling across a maiden's hand was a sign that she would be married soon. In German-speaking countries, they are literally called lucky bugs: "Glueckskaefer". A large number of ladybugs in the spring was an indication to farmers that there would be a good harvest.
The Number Seven
The number seven has been connected with luck, with perfection, and with gaining knowledge in many cultures throughout history. One reason for this might be that the number seven has special mathematical properties. The ancient Greeks called 7 "the perfect number," the sum of 3 (triangle) and 4 (square), which are perfect forms. Seven also crops up in a number of prominent places. There are 7 days of the week. There are 7 colors in the rainbow. There are 7 planets visible to the naked eye. The 7th son of a 7th son is supposed to be especially gifted and lucky. 7 is a winning roll in many games of chance.
What is YOUR Lucky Charm?
Do you have you own lucky charm? Some people have a lucky coin. Some athletes have a lucky baseball bat or pair of sneakers. Some people in the business world have a lucky tie. Me? I have a lucky guitar pick. These items may not actually bring luck, but they do build confidence and a sense of reassurance.
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