Sunday, December 30, 2012

The Irish Lucky Pig

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!


  1. I never knew the lore behind the pig in clover saying!

  2. Hi Sherri. You are full of good information. The post cards are pretty.

  3. What a fun post! Happy New Year to you too, and may you spend it in "high cotton" (as we say here in Texas) or as happy as a pig in clover. :~)

  4. Happy New Year, Sherri! Another great card collection!

  5. Wonderful post. Wishing you a blessed New Year


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