Another 1st of the month is coming up soon, so what are you traditions or superstitions for this occasion?
When you wake up on Sunday will you be saying ‘white rabbits’ or a variation of such as ‘rabbit rabbit rabbit’ to try and bring yourself good luck for the month of June?
Will you be on the lookout for people you can inflict ‘pinch, punch, first day of the month’ on?
Or will you combine these two customs, saying ‘white rabbits’ right after ‘pinch, punch’ to ward off any potential ‘flick and a kick for being so quick’ retaliations?
Do you have any different things you say or do at the start of each month?
The origin of the ‘white rabbits’ phrase is unclear, while ‘pinch, punch’ seems to date back many centuries, according to this source: "Originating from old England times when people thought that witches existed. People thought that salt would make a witch weak, so the pinch part is pinching of the salt, and the punch part was to banish the witch. The witch would be weak from the salt so the punch was to banish her."
Please share your 1st-of-the-month traditions and superstitions below along with why you do them. And if you have any theories about where we get the strange sayings mentioned from, please also add your comments below.
Our Burning Questions feature aims to settle some of life’s perennial arguments and answer some of its little mysteries with readers’ collective knowledge.
We’d love your suggestions for arguments and questions you’d like us to cover. What are the things that make you go hmmm? Add your comments below or email us