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Happy 1st day of June!!! Did you say “Rabbit, Rabbit” as your first words of the day? Many believe that saying this on the first day of any month will make it lucky. Others believe that it will only bring luck if said at the start of a month that has the letter "R" in it.
Rabbits are symbolic of good fortune and have been thought to bring luck for over 2,000 years, which could be why they are the subject of this auspicious phrase.
While the origination of this tradition is unclear, it may have been started by farmers during the 15th century in the United Kingdom, where the term "White Rabbit" is also used. A British periodical from the early 1900s mentions children saying "Rabbits" for luck and is the earliest written record of this practice. A similar form of this phrase is thought to have been used by people in the North American First Nation.
British RAF fighter pilots in WW II used the phrase "White Rabbits" daily, and U.S. President, Franklin D. Roosevelt said it during his presidential campaign (he also carried a rabbit's foot charm, something that is not popular anymore). During the early-mid 1990s, the TV network Nickelodeon featured "Rabbit Rabbit Day" on the last day of the month and told the kids (their target audience) to remember to say those words first thing the next morning.
Variations of "Rabbit, Rabbit" include:
Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit
White Rabbit, White Rabbit
I Love Rabbits
The main thing to remember is to say it out loud before you say anything else on the first day of a new month.
We both said it this morning. Fingers crossed🐇🐇
- Monika & Barbara