Thursday, February 2, 2012
"Rabbit, rabbit!" ~( Just a day late)! Do you say this for "good luck" on the first day of the month? When my children were younger, we always did...over the years, we added silly little things to it... depending on what we thought we needed "extra" luck in at the time. Now, we are back to the traditional version...someone still always asks, "Did you say "rabbit, rabbit" this morning, Mom?"
This is what Wikipedia says about it ~ (and this is just a small exerpt; you should look it up and see...there is a lot!) ~
The exact origin of the superstition is unknown, though it has appeared in print at least as early as 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.”
However, some reports place its origins even earlier, into the 1800s. Today it has spread to most of the English-speaking countries of the world, although, like all folklore, determining its exact area of distribution is difficult. This superstition is 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. Some have also believed it represents jumping into the future and moving ahead with life and happiness.
The photos above are of two of our bunnies...Warren (white) and Betty Lou (calico)...they were such sweet babies! (I don't know how anyone could carry a rabbit's foot!)