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Rabbit, rabbit | Rope Knits


Somewhere in my youth, I got the idea that it’s good luck to say, “Rabbit, rabbit” on the first day of March. And every so often I actually remember to say it, though I can’t say I’ve ever paid much attention to whether my rabbit Marches were any luckier than my non-rabbit Marches.
I don’t remember when and where I picked up this up though it must have been during or before high school because I remember a high school friend teasing me about it.

I’ve never yet met anyone else who had any idea what I was talking about when I said it so I thought today would be a good day to do a little research on my pet superstition and maybe, in the process, recall where I got it from.

And this is what I found out:

  • Nobody knows where or when this superstition originated;
  • Wikipedia tantalizingly mentions that this term was used in print in 1954 but doesn’t mention what the printed matter was (maybe I read it?);
  • The term generally seems to be associated with the first day of any month, not March in particular. Except in Yorkshire, where it works only on March 1. So that could be a clue to my own use of the term–but I’ve never been to Yorkshire. Does it appear in James Herriot’s All Creatures Great and Small, offhand the only thing I can remember reading about Yorkshire?
  • There is a website (well, part of one) dedicated to collecting various rabbit-rabbit-related superstitions;
  • There is at least one person who’s dedicated a large chunk of her blog to saying “Rabbit, Rabbit” on a regular basis. I am not alone.
 

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