Luck Symbols and their Origin: Part 1

The fortune cookie, the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, the Leprechaun and triple 8’s – these are some well-known lucky symbols but did you know why they are considered lucky? When using your lucky object in your next lottery entry, a better understanding will certainly bring about more luck and increase your chances of winning the jackpot you desire! In this article series we take a closer look at the origin of these lucky symbols so you can decide which one you’d like to use to increase your lottery luck.

Which lucky symbols do you use (if any) when you buy your lottery tickets? Tell us all about your favourite lucky symbols and what they mean to you in our comments section at the end of this news item and you’ll earn lotto points for your comments!

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The Fortune Cookie

We Westerners often associate the fortune cookie with Chinese culture because it’s usually served after a main course of Chinese food as a light dessert. However, this association is a result of clever marketing skills because the original fortune cookie was in fact introduced into America through California by immigrants who had based their cookie recipe on a Japanese cracker recipe. The fortune cookie is little known in mainland China or Taiwan!

Though the fortune cookie is actually a modern invention there’s a legend that developed to explain the cookie’s origin. In the 14th century during the time of the Mongol rule of China an activist named Chu Yuan Chang arranged to overthrow the Mongols. He replaced the yolk in the centre of the moon cake with a slip of paper announcing the date of the uprising. The Mongols weren’t fond of the yolk of the moon cake and this resulted in a successful uprising and the beginning of the Ming Dynasty.

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Therefore, this tradition of handing out moon cakes containing messages during the Chinese Moon Festival has survived, with immigrant Chinese railroad workers modifying the moon cake recipe to the crispier biscuit more akin to the fortune cookie – it’s this biscuit that may have inspired it! In China there isn’t any specific term for “fortune cookie” but it’s been translated in Chinese to many different phrases including “good luck label cookie”, “good luck cookie”, “good luck label-words cookie” and many others of similar wording. So next time you get a fortune cookie with a message of luck coming your way make sure you play the lottery! Some even contain lucky numbers that can be used as a lottery entry!

We'll be looking at the origin of the luck symbols of the Leprechaun, the pot of gold at rainbow's end, and the triple 8's next week so make sure you return for more interesting history of luck symbols! Don't forget to comment below for your opportunity to earn lotto points!

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