October. Rabbit! Rabbit!
In a few short hours the clock will strike midnight and a new day and month will roll over! And you know what that means… It’s time to prepare for the first of October and all that can be yours by saying “rabbit, rabbit!”
The first words out of your mouth on the first day of October must be “rabbit, rabbit”. This is doubly important if your birthday occurs this month. Saying “Rabbit, rabbit” will ensure good luck all month long.
Rabbits have been associated with luck of one sort or another – usually good luck – for more than 2,000 years. However the tradition of Rabbit Rabbit appears to have started in the the early 1900s when it appeared in written references. Most people believe the tradition began as a British thing and migrated to the U.S.
There have been different variations on the rabbit rabbit theme, some people say rabbit, rabbit. In the U.K., it’s quite common to say white rabbits. Gilda Radner was known to say bunny, bunny on the first day of the month; to ensure, as she put it, “laughter, love and peace.” Another aficionado of this practice was Franklin Delano Roosevelt. He was known to carry a rabbit’s foot during the 1932 election. And supposedly, he also said rabbit, rabbit at the beginning of every month Simon Winchester, the writer, went for 696 months before he forgot to say white rabbits.
Just one more bit of information from my personal experience file. If you wake up October 1st, jump out of bed ready to greet October with a big Rabbit Rabbit, and land in dog poop the first words out of your mouth may not be rabbit rabbit. Do not despair. All is not lost! You can say “black rabbit” right before you can go to sleep; or you can say “tibbar, tibbar.” Tibbar, tibbar is, of-course, Rabbit Rabbit spelled backwards. This antidote can be applied to any mishaps or forgetfulness that may keep Rabbit Rabbit from being the first words out of your mouth.
Happy October! One of my favorite months.
Odd Loves Company,