Luck!

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[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.”

Texas: “Toads in the garden or chirping crickets bring good luck.” And to keep within our Storytelling theme this month, don’t miss campfire stories on the same, good ol’ Texas site!

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.”

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