Do you ever say ‘white rabbits’ or ‘pinch, punch, first day of the month’?

Knutsford Guardian: Do you ever say ‘white rabbits’ or ‘pinch, punch, first day of the month’? Do you ever say ‘white rabbits’ or ‘pinch, punch, first day of the month’?

It's another 1st of the month tomorrow, so what are you traditions or superstitions for this occasion?

When you wake up will you be saying ‘white rabbits’ or a variation of such as ‘rabbit rabbit rabbit’ to try and bring yourself good luck for the month of June?

Will you be on the lookout for people you can inflict ‘pinch, punch, first day of the month’ on?

Or will you combine these two customs, saying ‘white rabbits’ right after ‘pinch, punh’ to ward off any potential ‘flcik and a kick for being so quick’ retaliations?

Do you have any different things you say or do at the start off each month?

The origin of the ‘white rabbits’ phrase is unclear, while ‘pinch, punch’ seems to date back many centuries, according to this source:

"Originating from old England times when people thought that witches existed. People thought that salt would make a witch weak, so the pinch part is pinching of the salt, and the punch part was to banish the witch. The witch would be weak from the salt so the punch was to banish her."

Please share your 1st-of-the-month traditions and superstitions below along with why you do them. And if you have any theories about where we get the strange sayings mentioned from, please also add your comments below.

 

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11:30pm Sat 31 May 14

ex Middlewich lad says...

"Hares and rabbits" were the first words spoken on the first day of a month with an r in the name. I don't know where it comes from but I remember growing up with it. I must admit I sometimes say it even today. Does anyone else remember this?
"Hares and rabbits" were the first words spoken on the first day of a month with an r in the name. I don't know where it comes from but I remember growing up with it. I must admit I sometimes say it even today. Does anyone else remember this? ex Middlewich lad
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