International signs of good luck

677eac9fToday we experience the magical ‘Honey Moon,’ which hasn’t fallen on a Friday the 13th since 1919. Much like black cats, walking under ladders, or revealing our birthday wishes, this day has always been seen by some as a bad omen.

Being travel junkies, we’ve collected a few good luck tips from our friends around the world and conveniently compiled them in a list for you! 

International Symbols of Luck:

Mexico. Owning a white rooster is said to bring good luck. 

Thailand. Giving a bride a siamese cat on her wedding day will bring her good luck. Elephants, white elephants in particular, are considered good luck throughout southeast Asia and are strongly linked to hindu philosophy. 

Bali. Visitors to Bali who have not been to India or other countries where Hinduism and Buddhism are practiced are sometimes surprised to see swastikas at the entrance to houses and temples. It is important to appreciate the meaning of the swastika in Hinduism. One translation from the original sanskrit is ‘that which is associated with well-being’. So the swastika is a symbol of good luck – the clockwise bending of the arms is a charm to bring good fortune. 

Iceland. In Iceland, it is considered good luck to throw three stones into a pile on the road before traveling a long distance.

China. Crickets have been known to bring good luck to families and prevent burglary.

Greece.  The Dolphin is a symbol of protection, and its image is said to bring good luck. The belief stems from the fact that ancient sailors who spent months or even years out of sight of land, found the sight of Dolphins swimming around their ships to be the first sign that land was near.

Italy. The Cornicello, also known as the Devil’s Horn, is the most popular Italian good luck charm, and is linked to celtic myths and predates christianity by thousands of years. This charm is often worn as a necklace to protect against evil.

 

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