Do you think that luck really exists? Some of us may carry good luck symbols to bring us luck or good fortune, while other’s believe that good-luck symbols are a human creation, that nothing brings luck and everything happening to us is fate or destiny and nothing can change that. However, nothing proves that lucky charms & symbols actually work, but it won’t hurt to know more about these symbols.
Different cultures around the world have different forms of luck symbols that are believed to bring forth good events and luck in our lives, some of which we have rounded up as some of the most popular 11.
Scarab - Egypt
Scarabs are the most known luck symbols in Egypt. Some of us might have not heard of them like me, but I have come to know it’s story in one of the local markets in Sharm El Sheikh. The Egyptian Scarab beetle was associated with the God of The Rising Sun during Ancient Egypt, and whoever holds it, brings them luck and makes their wishes come true.
Blue Evil Eye - Turkey
You might see it in Egypt and many other countries but to Turkey in specific, it’s their own famous luck sign. If you have visited Turkey you might lose count of the number of times you see it there. There it’s called ‘Nazar’. It’s believed that it protects its owner from evil eye and brings luck.
Dalecarlian Horse - Sweden
The red-painted wooden horse, is a traditional toy from the Dalarna region in Sweden. Red-painted wooden horses are a global symbol of Sweden. Is it after the World Exhibition in New York in 1939 that the Dala wooden horse became famous around the world. A giant painted Dala horse was placed outside the Swedish Pavilion and a huge number of visitors came to see it.
During the year after the exhibition, more than 20 thousand Dala horses were shipped over to New York, and so the Swedish Dala horse became a symbol for Sweden for luck. Dala Horses generally mean dignity, wisdom, and strength.
Red Bats - China
Believe it or not, bats are a sign of luck in China. Red bats in specific are believed to bring happiness and luck to one’s life. Bats are used as a wealth cure and considered a symbol of wealth and luck because the word bat itself, ‘Fook’, has the same pronunciation as ‘prosperity’ in Chinese. ‘Bat’ also came to represent happiness, so it is an auspicious symbol in the Chinese culture.
Dreamcatcher - Native American Culture
We have seen thousands of them in Egypt for the past few years, but we never thought of it’s origin story, or if it’s of any significance to other cultures. Dreamcatchers are from the Native American culture and are considered to be a good luck symbol. Centuries ago, it was hung by the beds to catch bad nightmares and letting the good dreams come through. For them, it is a spiritual and ritual symbol and it also brings luck.
Pigs - Germany
Germany has used Pigs as one of their lucky symbols. The expression ‘Schwein’, which means ‘Pig’, has become a synonym for being lucky. According to German tradition, if you got the ‘Schwein’ (pig) symbol, it brings good luck for the coming 12 months.
Lucky Cat 'Mankei- Neko' - Japan
The Lucky Cat ‘Maneki-Neko’, first appeared during the 17th to mid-19th century period in Japan. There are many popular legends about the origins of the Lucky Cat which ends with a cat that saves someone’s life or helps them in a way. The Maneki-Neko is a Japanese figurine (lucky charm) which is often believed to bring good luck to the owner.
Elephants - India & Thailand
Both countries believe that elephants are a symbol of luck because there is a religious bond to it. As Thailand is a Buddhist country, elephants are portrayed as sacred animals from their special symbolism in the practice of Buddhism.
And India as well has ‘Ganesha’, which is one of the most worshiped Hindu deities that had the head of an elephant.
Acrons - England
During the Norman Conquest ’11th-century invasion and occupation of England by an army of Norman’, the English carried dried acorns with them just to get protected during the day from the physical violence that happens to them daily. Later on, it was considered to be a sign and a symbol of luck, power, and youthfulness.
Countries around the world have their own symbols, backed with history, legends and myths. There is however, one thing people need to do, regardless of where they come from.
Luck starts from you and your mind. Positive thinking attracts luck. It was said once before in ‘The Secret’, that our lives are a result of our thoughts and thinking. Begin by positive thinking and see how your life is transformed.