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May
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Superstitions

Today, May 23, is National Lucky Penny Day… who knew? There are a ‘million’ superstitions out there, some are more common than others, such as lucky pennies. Here are a couple of rhymes, which you’ve probably heard, associated with finding pennies:

“See a penny, pick it up, all the day you’ll have good luck!” or “Find a penny, put it in your shoe, you’ll have good luck, the whole day through!”

Other beliefs are that you should only pick a penny up if it’s heads up; if you should pick one up that is tails up, throw it over your shoulder, make a wish and don’t look back, or give it to someone else, which will bring you both good luck!

Many years ago people believed that metal was a gift from the gods, something that would protect against evil. Therefore… metal is good luck! Any metal, in any form, was considered good luck; horseshoes over doorways, charm bracelets, good luck coins, etc.

Have you heard this one? “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue and a silver sixpence in your shoe.” This was related to the bride and her good luck charms for the new life she was about to begin. The silver sixpence eventually turned into a lucky penny! That insured that the new couple would always have wealth. Tying metal cans to the back of the newlyweds’ car is also related to the superstition of metal bringing luck and wealth to the couple.

Some people believe that if a ghost is trying to let you know they are around, they will leave pennies for you to find. Others believe the same about angels… What do you think?

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