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The origin of this British superstition seems to be lost in the mists of time. However, around the turn of the 20th century it was documented as totally being a thing to chant some variation of these words on the first day of a month for luck. If one finds the idea of repeating "white rabbits" three times cumbersome, alternatives include:
- Rabbit, rabbit!
- Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit!*
- White rabbits!
- Rabbit, rabbit, white rabbit!
- Bunny bunny foot foot!
It's not altogether clear why any of the above should be considered lucky (though a rabbit's foot has been believed to harbor talismanic properties for, like, forever). Of course, rabbits are known to "get lucky" pretty regularly (nudge nudge, wink wink, say no more) so maybe that's got something to do with it. Whatever the reason, the ritual seems a small price to pay for 30/31 days of goodness, eh? I plan to give it a shot (and I say "plan" 'cause I can't be sure I'll remember to) this coming July 1.
Think you'll give it a go? Or is there some other thing you do at the start of the month to bring on the good juju?