During the late 19th and early 20th century
the image of the white pig was used as a
lucky charm in Ireland.
"A pig in clover" signifies well being
and financial prosperity.
This whole notion arose from a simple
agricultural fact. The pig can live on
pasture, scraps, left over crops and they
breed in abundance.
Selling off the piglets was a good source of
income for the small Irish farmer and
his family never lacked for meat.
In Irish folklore the pig had magical powers.
They could see the wind, predict the weather
and hear the grass grow.
An Irish folk cure for a child with the mumps
was to rub the child's head on a white pig's back in
hopes the illness would transfer into the pig.
May your pockets be heavy
and your heart be light.
May good luck pursue you
each morning and night.
Happy New Year!