Why Do We Cross Our Fingers When Wishing For Luck and Where Did the Practice Come From?

Crossing our fingers for luck predates Christianity and originally involved two people.

In the pagan ritual, a close friend placed his or her index finger over the index finger of the person making the wish in order to help trap the wish at the centre of a perfect cross, which is where benevolent spirits lived.

To ensure the wish stayed in place and on the wisher’s mind, it was often tied to the finger with string, a practice that eventually evolved into a memory aid.

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