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Luck is symbolised by a wide array of objects, numbers, symbols, plant and animal life which vary significantly in different cultures globally. The significance of each symbol is rooted in either folklore, mythology, esoterism, religion, tradition, nescessity or a combination thereof.

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International

Horse shoes are considered lucky in many countries. Acorns, rainbows, tortoises, Saint Christopher, Dream catchers, coins, a pot of gold, the nautical star, spotting an albatross, wishing wells, wishbones, a stray eyelash, spotting a shooting star as well.

Russia

Carrying a fish scale in ones' purse or wallet is considered 'lucky'.

Italy

The fish is considered to be a lucky symbol in Italy.

Germany

The Germans consider the pig as well as the ladybug to be symbols representing luck. The spotting of a chimney sweep in traditional clothing is also regarded fortuitous.

United States

  • The lucky rabbit's foot is a widely accepted lucky symbol.
  • Numbers are often considered lucky and the number 7 is often called the lucky number 7.
  • Dice and playing cards were considered as lucky Nose art on American military aircraft
  • A Barnstar is a symbol of luck, like hanging a Horseshoe over a door.

China

The number 8 is considered lucky, because its pronunciation is similar to the pronunciation of the character meaning prosperity or wealth.

Jade is also considered particularly lucky.

Buddha figurines are considered fortuitous. Dragonflys, crickets, red bats, tigers, red chinese lanterns, bamboo as well.

Ireland

Representations of Leprechauns are believed to be lucky.

Scandinavia

Trolls are considered lucky.

France

Garden dwarves are believed to be lucky although this symbol has wider appeal.

Egypt

The Egyptians consider Scarabs to be good luck beetles.





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