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May 23rd is Lucky Penny Day

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If you're looking for something to do today then look down because it's Lucky Penny Day!  Hopefully you'll cross paths with a heads up penny today!  Let's get right into celebrating Lucky Penny Day!

WHY IS THIS A HOLIDAY?  

Today is a holiday because of the long tradition of people believing that a penny can bring them good luck. It might be a penny in your shoe or just a penny you found lying heads up that is supposed to make things better for you. It might seem odd to some people but others have believed it for so long that we might as well celebrate this popular superstition.  But how did it all get started? It's just a piece of metal that's worth one cent, right? Well, this superstition might have ancient roots from when people believed that metal came from the Gods.

So in those days, if you held onto something like a copper coin you might believe that you'd be protected from evil. It did come from God after all, right? So that could be where it all began but it has of course been modified through the years.  Some might say, "Find a penny, pick it up, and all the day you'll have good luck." Which means just pick up a random penny and BAM... good luck? It must have been left there by God! Of course, the superstition is that it has to be heads up and I'm not sure why. Perhaps because the penny has its head up and when you pick it up it'll help you keep your head up all day? But it's also believed that if you have bad luck all you have to do is drop a penny to pass the bad luck onto whoever picks up the penny next. So I guess it's all in what you believe, isn't it?  Are you ready to search for your lucky penny?

HOW TO CELEBRATE 

So, how can you celebrate today?  Well, you can simply walk around your town and search for your own lucky penny. People might think you're down in the dumps, because your head's down the whole time, but once you find your penny things will appear to perk up. Because once you're done searching, now you'll be walking around with your head up and a smile on your face. You may or may not have just achieved good luck, but you definitely will look happier.

You could even have a little competition with all your friends and search different areas all over town to see who can find the most lucky pennies. You'll of course have to be on the honor system because only heads up pennies count. The person with the most pennies by the end of your little competition does in fact get some good luck. Why? Because everyone has to give them their pennies!  Or you could just help others celebrate today by walking around and locating pennies that are tails up and then flipping them over. That way, whenever the next person comes across the penny, it will appear lucky to them and they'll pick it up. This might dilute the superstition a little bit but hey, I think it still counts!  Enjoy your day and good luck!





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