There are lucky objects in the culture of many countries, and Germany is no exception, such as horseshoes, seven-star ladybugs, etc. But if you want to say the most popular lucky thing, it must be the four-leaf clover called “lucky clover”.
It has been reported that: “Clover is actually a ‘variety’ of clover. So far, it is not clear whether this variation is caused by genetic or environmental reasons.” Researchers at the University of Georgia in the United States have discovered a rare species of clover gene, which can turn a clover into a four-leaf clover, they suspect that leaf development depends largely on environmental factors.
One thing is for sure, four-leaf clover is extremely rare in nature, so finding one is considered lucky. In 2017, two plant lovers from Switzerland conducted a study searching 35 sites in six European countries. They found that approximately 1 in every 5,000 clover plants is a four-leaf clover.
As early as more than 1,000 years ago, there were records of four-leaf clover in Germany. Four-leaf clover has been endowed with magical powers for a long time. In the Middle Ages, travelers often sewed four-leaf clover into their clothes in the hope of exorcism and refuge. Even today, the four-leaf clover is synonymous with luck and wealth for many Germans. Some people even believe that each leaf of the four-leaf clover has its own meaning. For example, the four leaves can be associated with the four elements of fire, water, wind, and earth; others say that the four leaves represent reputation, wealth, loyal lover and health.
Usually, Germans like to put dry four-leaf clover in their textbooks, which is said to get good grades in exams; if they put the four-leaf clover under the pillow, it will bring sweet dreams to those who sleep on it.
In Germany, looking for four-leaf clover is a very popular parent-child game for children and adults. According to reports, Moritz, a 7-year-old boy from Radolfzell, a small town in southern Germany, has found more than 100 four-leaf clover and even two six-leaf clover. “When we went out looking for four-leaf clover, usually only Moritz could find it,” said his mother.
Clover is still a popular gift in Germany. In addition to taxidermy, people also make DIY four-leaf clover key chains and present them to family, friends and neighbors, often to great delight. In recent years, jewelry in the shape of four-leaf clover has also become more and more popular. In addition, Germans also like to use clover and four-leaf clover to make drinks, jams, etc., which have a special flavor.