Are you feeling lucky?
The place where I grew up as a child was not far from a meadow full of clovers. I remember always searching for one for luck but found it only on rare occasions. Not that surprising, really, given that apparently a chance of finding one is estimated at 1: 10,000.
What would you say then if I told you that someone managed to find thousands of them? It 2008, one of American daily papers published a story about a 75-year-old man who had found 160,000 four-leaf clovers. Yes, 160,000 of them! I have no idea how long it took him to collect them all, but even if he found as many as 20 day, it would have taken him 8,000 days which is nearly 22 years spent collecting those special clovers!
Legend has it…
There are various legends and believes about four-leaf clovers. In Ireland, for example, they symbolised the four elements of nature: earth, fire, air and water and the deities that ruled them. According to one Irish legend, a fairy called leprechaun wore a four-leaf clover on his hat for protection against robbers trying to steal his gold. Another legend has it that St. Patrick used a three-leaf clover as a symbol of the Holy Trinity, with the leafs representing the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and when it was a four-leaf one, the fourth leaf represented Lord’s grace. Other common belief was that the three leaves represent faith, hope and love, and the fourth leaf was for luck.
It was a common belief during the middle Ages that a person who had a four-leaf clover would be able to see fairies, recognise witches and even evil spirits. People believed that the four-leaf clover offered real protection against those dangers.
Whether all this is true or not, a four-leaf clover is a very popular good-luck charm. Not surprising, really, given how rare it is – one has to be truly lucky to find it.