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Saturday, December 29, 2018

Saturday Chimney Sweep



Saturday Chimney Sweep

Especially in the British Isles, people believe that chimney sweeps bring good luck. This may come from the story of a chimney sweep rescuing King George III from a runaway horse. But there is also the tale of a worker, covered with soot, being saved after he slipped and ended up dangling from a ledge. The person who rescued him was a woman, and she later became his wife.

At any rate, encountering a chimney sweep or shaking his hand is believed to bring good luck. And even today some bridal couples hire a chimney sweep – in full costume - to meet them outside the church after the wedding to shake their hands and/or kiss the bride.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Superstition #129:
“Chimney sweeps are believed to bring good luck.”

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