In the spirit of St Patrick’s Day, we’re taking a look at the wackiest good luck superstitions from across the globe. Who knows, maybe it will come in handy soon…
1. Start your Month by Saying “Rabbit”- Great Britain
The Brits believe that saying “Rabbit” before hopping out of bed, will bring you great fortune for the month to come. Some say that this superstition has been around since the 20th century!
2. Throwing Plates at Your Neighbour’s House– Denmark
A strange new year’s eve tradition, this is supposed to bring good fortune to the household the crockery is thrown at. A safer version is to simply place broken crockery on your neighbour’s doorstep, wishing them good luck for the new year.
3. Stepping in Poo Brings Good Luck – France
Apparently accidentally stepping in dog poo with your left foot means good luck, while soiling your right foot will cause misfortune and bad vibes. Either way you might want to consider buying new shoes…
4. Having a Jacaranda Blossom Fall on your Head will Bring Good Luck – South Africa
Closer to home, this superstition is rumoured to have started in the streets of Pretoria by students who were heading towards campus to write their final exams. If you were lucky enough to have a Jacaranda blossom land on your head, you were bound to pass.
5. Having a Bird Poop on you Means Good Things are Coming your Way – Russia
Many Russians swear that this belief is true, although it might only be said to console your embarrassment of having to deal with more poop-related luck!
6. Eat a Kit Kat for a Sure Win – Japan
“Kit Kat” is a known synonym in Japan for a phrase that means “a sure win”. The red packaging is also considered a lucky colour for most Asian countries. What are you waiting for? Start chomping!
7. Eat Lasagne on New Year’s Day for a Bountiful Year – Italy
In Sicily, eating a lasagne dish on this day will bring good fortune and success in the year to come. Maybe it’s true, or maybe great aunt Allesandra just needed a way to get rid of the Christmas leftovers…