Day 252: The Man and the Luck of the Asians; ‘Luck’

I suppose I should be grateful that today’s prompt wasn’t ‘corned beef’ or anything but we’re still kind of hitting the nail right on the head here, aren’t we? Subtly, thy name is not WordPress.

Well while everyone else is being kissed because they’re Irish or celebrating that the Pope said they can eat meat on a Friday or out in the fields looking for four-leaf clovers, I wanted to talk about some lesser known Asian superstitions that pertained to, you guessed it, making sure you had some good luck.

Snakes on a Plane

More common I suppose in the Philippines than say, the US, but perhaps also relatable for the Irish, it is said in the Philippines that if a snake crosses your path this will bring good fortune. Unless it bites you. Or you’re on a plane.

Chinese Sweep

In both China and the Philippines, when and where and how you sweep can determine your good fortune or bad. For example, in the Philippines it is considered bad luck to sweep at night or whenever people are playing cards or gambling, for fear of sweeping away good luck. In China for the Lunar New Year the house is cleaned top to bottom but sweeping is done inward and then gathered in a pile to be brought out the back door, as the front door is said to be where good fortune and grace enter.

Teru Teru

Teru teru bozu are little white dolls made from cloth or paper. They are especially popular among Japanese schoolchildren as they are supposed to help influence the weather. Hang a teru teru bozu right side up to ensure good weather, or hang it upside down to try and encourage bad. Great for right before school field trips or final exams.

Money Wallet

In almost all Asian cultures, when giving either a wallet or bag as a gift, it is customary to put some small change or at least one bill in it, to help ensure good luck and prosperity. The same is true for the coming year; everyone in my family will make sure there is at least some money in our wallets to start the year with.

Santo Nino

In any and all Filipino houses or businesses you will most likely find a statue of the Santo Nino (child Jesus). This supposedly brings good luck. The supposed origin of this is when the Philippines was still a Spanish colony, the Spanish set fire to most of the city of Cebu as punishment for hostile actions by the Cebuanos wanting independence. After the fire, amidst the wreckage, Spanish soldiers found the statue of the Santo Nino remarkably and miraculously unscathed.

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Ema are wooden boards that the Japanese can purchase at Shinto shrines. The Japanese use these boards to write their wishes, after which they hang them at the shrine for the gods to receive and fulfill. It is fun when visiting shrines to read what some people wish for. You will see students hoping for good results on their college entrance exams, couples wishing for a long and successful relationship, or workers hoping for a new job or promotion.

Fresh Off the Boat

Wearing red in China is considered auspicious and can bring the best of luck. That is why celebratory garments are often red and on the Chinese New Year gifts of money are given in red envelopes to impart good luck and good fortune. The same is true of oranges, which are often given to elders or in offerings.

Koinobori

Children’s Day is a holiday in Japan that is celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth month (May 5th). It is a time for families to celebrate the happiness and health of their children and to wish them good luck to grow up strong, healthy, and successful. A common practice on Children’s Day is to fly koinobori, which are kites that are made to look like the Asian carp. This is from a traditional folk tale about a little carp that swam upstream and became a dragon.

Of course, being a gambler, I have my own set of superstitions for good luck and good fortune whenever I’m at a casino. There’s no real rhyme or reason to it. I think pyschologically it helps me to deal with the complete lack of control over my actual results. Before I open up my cards, I always rub them on the table face down and over the money. I tell everyone I am about to hit the tables because I don’t want anyone to think about me and miss me, or else I might lose because they want me to return. If I want the dealer to get a high card, I yell ‘monkey, monkey, monkey’ to scare a high card to the top of the deck. Don’t ask me why.

Hope you’re all lucky and happy and healthy. And if not, grab one of these superstitions and get to it! And remember…

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Day 252

Man: 219 Loneliness: 33

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30 thoughts on “Day 252: The Man and the Luck of the Asians; ‘Luck’

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  2. Hey! The thing about sweeping at night is also a superstition in Mexico xD, sweeps out all the luck is what they say. Another one is when sweeping the floor, if a woman is in the house she has to lift up her feet so that the broom doesn’t brush by or on her feet because it is said that if a woman’s feet are brushed by a broom while sweeping she will marry a widower, stay single forever or just simply, brushes off her luck. xD It depends on each person and region, in my region they say that you will marry a widower which I kind of don’t understand?
    Another is with San Antonio, women that are single will put their little San Antonio statue upside down and keep him like that until they find a boyfriend. According to the women who do that, by keeping him upside down he will have no choice but to bring a man to them.
    I keep a one dollar bill inside my wallet, because it is said that it brings good luck to you. My aunt keeps a Canadian dollar in hers and my dad has a 10 pesos coin that he drilled a hole in as his keychain. All for the same reasons: Good luck.
    On New Year’s eve, kids and teenagers are given 12 grapes each for us to eat that represent each month of the year, wishing for the good in each month.
    I find good luck in earrings and bracelets especially if they’re given to me as a gift by someone close to me and/or if they have any religious symbol or meaning, like my bracelet that’s on my right arm and my cross earrings. I also find good luck in rocks from bodies of water like rivers or springs or leafs from the trees or flowers.

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    • This was a fascinating post in itself! I love the San Antonio one. I find it hilarious the idea of torturing a poor defenseless saint for the purposes of getting a man. The marrying a widower is very interesting. It’s so grim. Like, it’s fine if you think it just means you’ll marry someone who was married before and whose wife died. Alright fine you weren’t his first marriage but there are worse things in the world. But what if it means that you’ll marry someone who YOU will TURN INTO a widower by dying, or worse, he’ll BECOME a widower by killing you. Yo, don’t sweep. Like ever. Get a vacuum or something. Protect yourself.

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      • Hahaha, I also find it funny. xD And I HAVE met women who do that but…never heard of them getting married….They do get a man but, it don’t last? Maybe that’s the saints revenge? Hahaha
        Ah, that’s what I understand from the widower one! That I will marry and die but some people say you marry an old man others say you become a second wife others say whichever version you want to believe.
        Hahaha, my sisters have swept my feet various times already while doing chores….do vacuums work on tile? Oh wait..I don’t even own a vacuum, I own a broom and a mop. Guess I’ll just mop the house daily.

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  3. Hahaha! I actually remembered I had to catch up on Detective Conan because of the teru teru bozu. LoL. This was very entertaining and your gifs reminded me of the film, 3 idiots. I dunno why, though.

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