Rabbit Rabbit: A History

It is a common superstition to say “Rabbit, Rabbit” upon waking on the first day of each new month, and on doing so will receive good luck for the duration of that month.  I guess that came from “Rabbit, Rabbit, White Rabbit”, but I always said simply “Rabbit, Rabbit”.  Although it has appeared in print at least as early as 1954, it is believed to go as far back as the 1800s.  This superstition is linked to the belief in the rabbit is a “lucky” animal. Some have also believed it is representing a jumping into the future and moving ahead with life and happiness.

In my family we went by the belief that the only way to get good luck out of saying “Rabbit Rabbit” was that it HAD to be the first words to come out of your mouth when you woke up.  If you said something else before it, even a grumble, the luck was gone.  Another variation is that it’s a game, whoever says it first to someone else wins and there is no luck involved.

Since Sam and I are the only Chinese Rabbits of the bunch – do we get more luck? Ponder this and don’t forget to say it tomorrow!

.Linzi

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