Do You Feel Lucky, Punk!
When I think about St. Patrick’s Day, I think of luck. Don’t you? When I think about luck, I think of a four-leaf clover. In all my years, I have never found one. Have you? According to Irish tradition, those who find a four-leaf clover are destined for good luck, as each leaf in the clover symbolizes good omens for faith, hope, love, and luck for the finder. The estimated statistical odds of finding a four-leaf clover on your first try is 10,000 to 1, so if you find one on your first try, you may want to start buying lottery tickets!
I have included some other symbols of good luck or good fortune:
– Nails – Carrying a bent nail in your pocket for luck is an old Italian superstition.
– Pigs – In Korean culture, dreaming about a pig is considered auspicious. Also, in a village in Chili, people carry tiny three-legged pig statues for good luck.
– Water – In Serbia, it is believed that in order to give someone good karma for an upcoming challenge, you should pour a little water on the ground behind him/her.
– The Number 8 – The number eight is considered favorable in China. The 2008 Beijing Olympics opening ceremony started on 8/8/08 at 8:08 p.m.
I don’t know about the nails, pigs and water but China was ranked #1 in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing with 48 gold medals, 21 silver medals and 29 bronze medals.