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Did You Say “Rabbit Rabbit” This Morning?

Did You Say “Rabbit Rabbit” This Morning?

“Rabbit rabbit!”

No, it’s not about Easter, but a saying these two words before any others on the first day of the month is a quirky little tradition that many follow for good luck. But where did it come from and what does it mean?

Why A Rabbit?

According to superstition, saying “rabbit rabbit” before anything else on the first day of the month will bring you good luck for 30 days. But why? And why rabbits and not another animal?

There seems to be some confusion about the actual origination of the phrase, but the first written record of saying “rabbit, rabbit” on the first day of the month can be traced back to a 1909 British periodical called Notes And Queries, where the author indicates that his daughters always say “Rabbits!” on the first day of a new month for luck.

The word must be said aloud, and be the first word spoken for the day. While he provides no specific explanation, it is most likely connected to the fact that rabbits are associated with luck, which they have been for over 2,000 years.

This is why many people—including Franklin D. Roosevelt during his presidential campaign—would carry around a rabbit’s foot as a good luck charm.

During World War II, British fighter pilots were known to say “white rabbits” for luck every day—not just the first day of the month.  Other variations of this superstition include saying “rabbit” three times in a row rather than just two.

But no matter how many times you say it, the rabbit-uttering tradition seems to be most popular in North America and Great Britain.

Have you ever heard of this tradition and do you practice it? Let us know in the comments below!

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  • Maria E Horowitz says:

    Yes I have heard of saying out loud, before anything else, Rabbit Rabbit on the 1st of the month. My mother taught me this little”Good Luck” saying. She learned it from a friend she worked with who came from Birmingham, England. Mom’s says Sheila always used to say this and she & her family made it thru the Blitz. So it must work.

  • Robbie Ladd says:

    I was told some time ago, To make the smoke from a campfire move away from you, say “I like rabbits” three time in a row. I never heard “rabbit, rabbit” will bring good luck for a month. Interesting!

  • Sherri Whiting says:

    My husband says rabbit rabbit hares and rabbits at the beginning of each month and has done it for 34 years.

  • Karen McMurtrie says:

    I have a few friends who ALWAYS say it and I didnt know why until now! Thank you

  • Cyclone10 says:

    Yes, I said, “Rabbits,rabbits, rabbits,” first thing this morning. I learned it from my British family!

  • Nancy says:

    My Mother-in-law got us started saying this 30 years ago and we continue til this day, never really knowing the origin. Thanks!

  • Shannon says:

    My grandfather told me this when I was very young. I am now 42 and still say it to this very day. I pass it along to everyone I know!

  • Joy says:

    I had never heard that before. Does that work at the the beginning of every month or just April

    • Maria says:

      It works every month. So if you happen to forget the date, you always have next month. A “Lucky” thing. 🐰

  • jefflyn Woodley says:

    I have been saying this for almost a year now.

  • Louise Bermudez says:

    I grew up always saying white rabbits on the first of the month. My kids now do this too! Good luck! 🐰 🐇

  • judy ruggles says:

    Robin Roberts said it this morning!

  • Sue says:

    Absolutely..my Grandmother taught us that and the whole family does it……or tries to remember. I forgot today..🐰🐰

  • Dorothy says:

    I absolutely do. My college friends have a game as to who can be the first one to say it to one another. We have been “playing” our game since 1983; 37 years.

    • Geena Jeffries Mattox says:

      I’m with Dorothy! We have been playing for many years!!! I started college in 1980 so it may be even longer!!

  • Bluemoon says:

    I am not sure who taught me to say Rabbit, Rabbit whenever I saw a rabbit. I had no idea it was a thing with other folks until now. Lol

  • Pat says:

    I learned about this tradition in college (1971-76)and shared it with my siblings. We text each other on the 1st day of each month and have for many years. Rabbit, rabbit!

  • Jayne says:

    I was told you say Rabbit, Rabbit as the very last words on the night before the first and when you wake up on the first the first words you speak are Hare, Hare to bring good luck for the month.

  • Tom Budzyna says:

    My wife is from Yorkshire and runs an antiques & collectibles business I restore and fix things she finds and each month I remind our Facebook friends to say “white rabbit” Overtime I’ve learned lots about the tradition. Below is a link to one of my posts that shows a map of where an old symbol of “the three rabbits” has been found across Europe and Asia.

    Yorkshire Rose Collectibles – White Rabbit, White Rabbit

  • Paula says:

    Trixie Beldon books!

  • Iver C says:

    My nanny in Jamaica taught me to say white rabbit white rabbit on the first day of the month before you eaten or said anything that morning.

  • Laura Minor says:

    I learned that it was only on the first day of March that you must say Rabbit, Rabbit and the people you say it to first, must give you a gift. I learned this from a Scottish family living in Kenya in the 1960’s

  • Terry Ontiveros says:

    We started saying Rabbit the first day of the month when we were little. I don’t remember how it got started with me and my sisters, I believe the second one of us brought it home from grade school. So, every first day of the month, the first one up tried to beat each other by calling out “rabbit” first. I had forgotten about it but remembered it a few years ago and now I say it first thing on the first of the month. We’ve been doing this since 1968, more or less.

  • Courtney says:

    An English teacher in high school I had told us to say ‘Bunny, bunny’ the night before the 1st as the last thing you said, and ‘rabbit rabbit’ in the morning on the 1st as the first thing you said. 15+ years later I strangely find myself saying rabbit rabbit in my head on the first of the month. Glad I’m not the only one !

  • Drucilla says:

    My BFF, Nancy, and I text “Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit” on the first day of the month with the understanding that whoever texts first gets the good luck for the month.

  • Debra Brandt says:

    I first heard about this when Charlie Gibson was on “Good Morning America” many years ago. He said he says “rabbit, rabbit, rabbit” aloud, as the first words of the first day of the month, for luck. I’ve never forgotten that.

  • Darlene Z. says:

    I don’t remember when or where I heard about this, but I have been saying (or trying to remember to say!) rabbit rabbit rabbit as the first words out of my mouth the first of every month for years now. Does it work? Well, my bills are paid, we are all basically healthy, enough to eat, shelter, etc… 🙂

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