Description: Catch falling leaves for good luck
Origin: Pagan Europe, and Pre-Colombian North America.
Pagan Europeans and some native North American cultures revered the oak tree and its leaves as sacred. Opinions differ on the purported benefits that accrue from catching falling leaves, in autumn or on the first day of autumn: it may be that each leaf gives you a month of good luck in the following year, or it may be you will be free from colds for the duration of the winter. Another tradition holds that you must keep the caught leaves until new green buds appear on the trees in the spring.
Note: These superstitions
were researched and written by Stuart Macfarlane (Website:
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