What Are Some Symbols That Represent Luck in Various Cultures?

Some symbols that represent luck in various cultures include four-leaf clovers, horseshoes, a lucky rabbit's foot and pennies. Other symbols that represent luck include wishbones, dolphins, tigers and ladybugs.

A four-leaf clover is said to bring luck to any person who finds one, and the leaves mean faith, hope, love and luck. The horseshoe is also a lucky talisman, and many place the symbol in the home to attract good fortune. Horseshoes are also lucky because blacksmiths, who are also said to be lucky, make them. Many people see rabbits as lucky because they represent spring, so many people carry a rabbit's foot.

Many cultures have superstition around money, and one of the most well-known is the superstition of having a lucky penny. Wishbones are also lucky, and breaking the wishbone is a common tradition around Christmas, Thanksgiving and Easter. Most people save the wishbone from a turkey and dry it overnight, and then two people make a wish before snapping the bone in half. Many people believe that the person with the larger half will see her wish come true.

People also believe good luck comes from dolphins, and both Native Americans and Christians believe that dolphins are protective. The Chinese believe that tigers are also good luck, and protect people from fire and robbery. A ladybug is a universal symptom of luck, and many believe that bad luck comes to those who kill ladybugs.