Thursday, December 3, 2015

Good luck pigs, Glücksschweinchen


Runner-up for City Daily Photo shop window theme day:
these strange Glücksschweinchen
Good luck pig pillows in a Vienna store window.
For only 24 Euros you can take one home. 

UPDATE: Thanks to Merisi of Vienna  for explaining the pig mystery in the comments.

Here is some more on the subject of lucky things in German-speaking lands:
Pigs as Glücksbringer – Schwein as Austrian Good Luck Charm
Other luck bringers
Goethe Institute on Superstition


Merisi said...

People give each other a Glücksschweinchen on New Year's Eve.
Usually they are smaller versions, tiny plastic piglets, chocolate or marzipan ones. They also give tiny chimney sweeps, four-leaf clover, toadstools, and horseshoes in edible and non-edible versions.

Come to think of it, I have no idea how the toadstools ended up amongst the good luck stuff. ;-)

William Kendall said...

They're cute!

Cloudia said...

I wish you luck Dina!



Dina said...

Cloudia, thanks. Good luck to you too!

Merisi, thanks so much for this explanation! Now that I know there is a whole New Year good luck tradition behind these pigs I am going to start researching the custom. Interesting!

Karl Demetz said...

Glücksschweinchen are always welcome !

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Bela fotografia e gostei do blog.
Um abraço.

VP said...

Thanks to Merisi for the explanation!

Gosia k said...

lovely sofa with pigs

Petrea Burchard said...

I, for one, would love to have a good luck pig. I love the idea! I'll start searching the shops this weekend.

cieldequimper said...

Oh I used to love these!

Alice said...

The world has many customs and I find them very interesting.