[Editor’s Note: This article was written by the CTL’s Laurie Hansen.]
What do chirping crickets, a baker’s dozen and a four tulip blossom all have in common?
They all represent good luck.
In the spirit of St Patrick’s Day (a few days ago) and the Blarney Stone, I thought I’d explore how luck is viewed in a variety of regions and cultures. Interestingly enough, belief in luck may have some positive implications. According to High Beam some researchers “have speculated that a belief in good luck may be adaptive and that positive illusions surrounding luck can lead to feelings of confidence, control, and optimism.” Well, knock on wood ! Here are some interesting good luck beliefs from around the globe.
Ireland: You can kiss the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle when you “lean backwards (holding on to an iron railing) from the parapet walk. The prize is a real one as once kissed the stone bestows the gift of eloquence.”
Netherlands: Find a four tulip bouquet “Do you have luck of the Dutch?”
New York: Twelve cookies, please! Lucky 13, A Baker’s Dozen
Malawi: “Weddings are held at night under the full moon. If the moon is not bright, it is considered to be bad luck.”