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White Rabbits! White Rabbits!

White Rabbits! White Rabbits! | why do we say White Rabbits! White Rabbits! | pinch and a punch

I’ve said  ‘white rabbits, white rabbits’ and ‘pinch punch for the first of the month’ when a new month begins, from since I can remember. But I’ve never really known why I say these things and just put it down to another weird British tradition, so thought it time to investigate! 

 

White Rabbits! White Rabbits! | why do we say White Rabbits! White Rabbits! | pinch and a punch

Like April fools day – saying it after midday will not do anything (having said that, saying it before probably won’t either – but being the superstitious sort, I’m not risking that!)

 

So! Why do we say White Rabbits! White Rabbits?

Some believe the tradition originated in medieval times, when people believed in witches. Salt was meant to make witches weak, so there  ‘a pinch (of salt) followed by a punch would get rid of the witches! Quite bonkers really. 

According to the Metro, when it comes to white furry friends, the saying ‘white rabbits, white rabbits’ is found in the ‘Notes and Queries’ book (a British periodical where experts share knowledge on folklore, literature and history) from 1909.

The entry reads: ‘My two daughters are in the habit of saying ‘Rabbits!’ on the first day of each month. The word must be spoken aloud, and be the first word said in the month. It brings luck for that month. Other children, I find, use the same formula.”

It was also a common belief among RAF bomber aircrew during WW2 that saying ‘white rabbits’ when you woke up would protect you from harm.

It was also a common belief among RAF bomber aircrew during WW2 that saying ‘white rabbits’ when you woke up would protect you from harm.

So there you have it. The reason (or weird explanation) why we say the silly things we say on the first of each month. 

 

 

*Quote from Metro March 2016
 

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