Monday, May 17, 2010

Ladybug

Ladybugs, or ladybirds, have long been the favorites of children.

Ladybird, ladybird, fly away home
Your house is on fire and your children are gone
All except one, and that's Little Anne
For she has crept under the warming pan.

In parts of Northern Europe, tradition says when children capture a ladybug, make a wish, and then "blow it away" back home to make the wish come true.

In Italy, it is said by some that if a ladybird flies into a bedroom, it is considered good luck.

In central Europe, a ladybird crawling across a girl's hand is thought to mean she will get married within the year.

In Russia, a popular children's rhyme exists with a call to fly to the sky and bring back bread.

Similarly, in Denmark a ladybird, called a Mary's hen, is asked by children to fly to 'our lord in heaven and ask for fairer weather in the morning'.

In Turkey, ladybirds are called luck bug. When a ladybird lands on children, they wish something and sing "Fly fly my bug, your mother will buy you slippers and shoes".

In France, ladybirds are considered to be bringers of good weather.

May you all have good luck today, wherever you are. Times six.

1 comment:

  1. Now I know where the expression "as cute as a bug's ear" must come from ... ladybug ears!

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