In Great Britain you might hear the phrase I'll keep my fingers crossed for you. Let's take a look at what this interesting superstition means!
Cross my fingers!
The act of crossing our first 2 fingers - the index finger* and the middle finger* - is said to bring luck. Fingers are crossed when people wish for something or hope to be lucky. We can cross our fingers on our left hand, our right hand or even both - if we are hoping for something special!
We can cross our fingers for ourselves or for other people. Some people cross their fingers when they buy a lottery ticket or gamble. Other people cross their fingers when they take an exam or have an important interview.
This superstition originated from the Christian religion. Christians used to cross their fingers to ask for protection from God and to pray for blessings.
Note: If you cross your fingers behind your back when making a promise it means the promise is invalid and you don't have to keep that promise. This gesture is usually carried out by naughty children who don't want to tidy their room or help with the washing up!
Here are some examples!
Peter: Teacher! I have a really important exam tomorrow. I am so stressed!
Teacher: You'll be fine Peter. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you.
Danny: I'm really nervous. If Messi scores this penalty we'll win the cup!
Mark: I can't watch! I've got my fingers crossed!
Barry: I've bought 6 lottery tickets this week. I'll be keeping my fingers crossed when I watch the draw on Saturday!
Do you have any gestures or superstitions in your culture that brings you luck?
What does it mean to cross your fingers in your country?
*Do you know the different names for our fingers?
On each hand we have:
2. Index finger.
3. Middle finger.
4, Ring finger.
5. Little finger or pinkie.
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