Although the New Year’s Eve is not that much near, still people have already started making plans for that. Most of you might have started off making a list of resolutions to follow in the brand new year. So, when you have already taken the first step why not add some awesome good luck charm to get luck on your side?
These five good luck charms had been used by various civilizations throughout decades and centuries. Let’s have a look-
Probably you might have noticed small stalls selling marzipan and gingerbread porker in Germany over the New Year time. The pig is seen as a symbol of good luck. Well, now it is observed as a tradition, it has a long story. As per British Museum, in the 1st century, small metal boars were used as amulets or were often attached to helmets of soldiers to wish them good luck in Northern Europe.
The New York’s Metropolitan Museum has an ancient Egyptian hedgehog amulet. To be very clear, it’s not a real one. The hedgehog is carved out of soapstone. The real reason why hedgehog was used as a good luck symbol is not known but historians indicate towards one possibility that hedgehogs are actually a hard beast and can survive a lot. This might be the reason Egyptian used hedgehog to represent good luck.
- Special beaded amulet shaped like a turtle
Turtles are exceptionally long living and well-protected creatures. This idea incorporated a tradition which involves protecting a child from birth by putting their umbilical cord inside a special beaded amulet shaped like a turtle and wearing it all their lives. This tradition is still practised in Lakota and Sioux communities in North America.
- Pet cricket in a cage
In ancient China, keeping a pet cricket inside a cage was considered extremely lucky. It is still followed in some communities in China. This tradition dates back to the Chun Qi period. The noble ladies of the court used to catch cricket and keep them in a golden cage around their person at all times.
Fumsups were a little good luck charm used by World War 1 soldiers. They would pin a tiny doll to their clothes as they all gave little thumbs up. This good luck tradition was very popular and reached its peak during the World War I.