8 Animals That Can Serve as Lucky Charms
Animals as lucky charms are a popular souvenir for animal lovers on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Eve. In different parts of the world, a wide variety of animals are said to bring good luck.
In addition to the well-known lucky pig and the ladybird, we introduce you to a total of 8 animals that bring you luck in the new year.
In addition to the fly agaric, the four-leaf clover, and the horseshoe, the pig is the most popular symbol of luck in Germany and Europe. Already hundreds of years ago, the pig was considered a symbol of prosperity and fertility. Because per litter a sow gives birth to up to 10 piglets up to 2 times a year.
That’s why even live piglets used to be given away on New Year’s Eve as lucky charms for the New Year. Today, the animals also serve as lucky charms in the New Year or in exam situations. However, only the form of small figures or marzipan pigs.
In Scandinavia, Spain, and Austria, however, it gets serious for the pigs on New Year’s Eve. Here they are a typical New Year’s Eve and New Year’s dinner.
The ladybird is also one of the best-known animals in our latitudes as a lucky charm. Its red wings with black dots make it unmistakable. Contrary to many rumors, the dots do not say age, but species affiliation. The most common is the seven-spotted ladybird. Since 7 is also considered a lucky number, this is the lucky symbol par excellence.
Since the Middle Ages, it has been considered a lucky beetle, as it was considered a biological pest controller at the time.
Even today, the ladybug in the garden helps to maintain the natural balance by eating aphids. In addition, he is said to heal the sick when he flies to them. If it is killed or driven away, however, it is supposed to bring disaster and bad luck.
Rabbit and rabbit
From China to Africa to Europe and America: rabbits bring luck! In Northern Europe, children used to be gifted with white rabbits to guarantee them a successful life. Hares are also considered a symbol of fertility and prosperity. Even one of the most popular slot machines in the world is called “White rabbit slot”.
The rabbit’s paw is said to bring a lot of luck. In the Middle Ages, it was believed that hanging a rabbit’s paw relieves toothache. In parts of America, rabbit paws can be found occasionally at house entrances, which are supposed to keep evil spirits away.
Already 1000 years ago, luck was attributed to goldfish in China. Its golden yellow color symbolizes wealth. But not only in China, but the well-known ornamental fish is also full of traditions.
Even in ancient Greece, people believed that the goldfish made love relationships and marriages happier.
Allegedly, the goldfish are supposed to fulfill three wishes when you catch it. In Buddhism, goldfish are revered and seen as a lucky charm and symbol of fertility and harmony.
The mythology of the frog also goes back to Chinese culture, more precisely to Feng Shui. The so-called money frog is available in almost every Chinese shop with a coin in its mouth or behind a pile of money as a figure and is said to bring prosperity and wealth. In addition, he converts miserable finances into positive ones.
Essential to the effect of luck is the placement of the frog sculpture.
It should stand on a small side table and not on the floor. The frog should give a lot of financial blessings when he stands in the southeast corner of the living room. In addition, the frog must also be activated by placing coins in its mouth.
In Germany, tricolored cats are a sign of luck. They were not only considered sacred in ancient Egypt but are still messengers of happiness in many cultures today. The rare, three-colored cat is also supposed to protect the house from fire.
The best known is probably the waving cat “Maneki Neko”. This is the lucky charm in Japan and can now be seen more and more often with us. Similar to the lucky frog, the waving cat is set up in entrances and is supposed to be wealthy, bringing financial and business happiness.
Elephants have different meanings depending on the culture. While in Asia it is considered sacred and stands for power, wisdom, intelligence, and peace, in Greek mythology it symbolizes chastity and erudition. But one special feature is almost the same worldwide: it brings luck.
Elephant figures with raised trunks are often given as lucky charms in the New Year. Due to its endurance, intelligence, and excellent memory, it is also often used in exams. They also stand for success and happy family life.
Especially in China, deer are a sign of luck and vitality. In Europe, on the other hand, they are a symbol of masculinity and strength because of their powerful and majestic appearance and powerful antlers. In addition, deer stand for success in career, recognition, and long life.