Friday, November 1, 2013

"Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit!!"

I learned something new today!
Did you know that on the first day of every month there  is a commonly practiced superstition, especially in England, of repeating the words rabbit, rabbit, rabbit before even getting out of bed!!!???  Doing so is believed to ensure good luck for the person who does so.

The exact origin of the superstition is unknown, though it was recorded as being said by children in 1909.

 It appeared in a work of fiction in 1922: "Why," the man in the brown hat laughed at him, "I thought everybody knew 'Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit.' If you say 'Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit'—three times, just like that—first thing in the morning on the first of the month, even before you say your prayers, you'll get a present before the end of the month."
 Today it has spread to many English-speaking countries and in the United States the tradition is common in New England, in particular in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont, although, like all folklore, determining its exact area of distribution is difficult.
The superstition may be related to the broader belief in the rabbit or hare being a "lucky" animal, as exhibited in the practice of carrying a rabbit's foot for luck.
 Rabbits have not always been thought of as lucky, however. In the 19th century, for example, fishermen would not say the word while at sea, and in South Devon to see a white rabbit in one's village when a person was very ill was regarded as a sure sign that the person would die.
credit to Wikipedia

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