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Pig and “Glückskleebat” As Fortune Symbols in New Year

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Glückskleebat. All photos reserved.

 

 

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A chocolate in new year.

 

 

Some decorations in pig figures

 

 

Accessories in pig figures.

New year as new day just began today. I have found many chocolates which wrapped in “pig figure” sold out recently in supermarket. I’ve got one of them from my colleague in here. A chocolate had wrapped by pig figure and written “viel glück” as deutsch words and added “glückskleeblatt” as a lucky charm. It is commonly found a plant as symbol around Germany on end of December as symbol to start new year.

A pig represents overall good fortune and luck in Chinese tradition. But I have no idea why German people used this tradition before entering new year as symbol of luck. I think it might be for business purpose as long as they believe superstitious to be fortunate powers. Pig is an animal object based on the legend culturally in China tradition that considered as lucky symbol.

Not only that, this new year is also related with a plant that known by “Glückskleebat”. This is a such of plant to lead the good prosperity, health and happiness during a year. Again this is only symbol to bring myth in beginning year. In contrary to modern age, most people keep bearer good fortunes to others, including me.

Back to the individually, this depends on your views. In Indonesia, we have no symbol of luck in beginning new year.

Happy New Year 2018! viel Glück Ein Neues Jahr 2018!

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 In Bahasa Indonesia

Babi dan Daun Glückskleebat sebagai Keberuntungan

Di Indonesia tidak ada simbol keberuntungan di awal tahun yang baru. Kita hanya terbiasa merayakan pergantian tahun dengan berkumpul bersama dan menghitung waktu. Di Jerman pada dasarnya juga sama. Namun ada satu yang menarik yakni sosok boneka atau cokelat atau hiasan berupa babi yang dilambangkan sebagai keberuntungan di tahun yang baru.

Ini sebenarnya bukan tradisi masyarakat Jerman pada umumnya. Jika mengacu pada sosok babi sebagai keberuntungan, ini diambil dari tradisi masyarakat Tionghoa. Lalu apa kaitannya? Saya sendiri tidak tahu. Namun banyak orang Jerman berpendapat ini hanya merupakan simbol saja untuk kepentingan industri seperti tanda mata atau sovenir.

Namun ada simbol lain yang dianggap sebagai mitos atau legenda sebagai pembawa keberuntungan. Namanya tanaman glückskleebat. Katanya nih jika kita berhasil menemukan daun glückskleebat berjumlah empat maka terjadi peruntungan. Itu sebab dilambangkannya berupa daun dengan empat kelopaknya. Boleh percaya boleh juga tidak, namanya juga mitos.

Daun ini ada yang sengaja ditanam, namun kebanyakan sebagai dekorasi dan diberikan saat pergantian tahun. Di supermarket begitu banyak pernak-pernik ini dijual sebagai simbol keberuntungan. 

Namun ini hanya sebagai ungkapan keriaan saja, bukan merupakan tradisi budaya masyarakat Jerman pada umumnya. Meski jaman sudah moderen, namun simbol-simbol itu menunjukkan kita ingin hal yang lebih baik seperti keberhasilan, kemakmuran dan peruntungan di tahun yang baru.
Selamat memasuki tahun yang baru 2018 dan semoga sukses!

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3 replies »

  1. Anna
    First of all happy new year and you keep your chocolate pig and no eating …😂😂😂😂
    Firsts of all , Clover, for example, the quintessential symbol of good luck in Germany, is of Christian origin. But don’t forget: it has to have four leaves! Three-leafed clover doesn’t count. According to Christian legend, when Eve was driven out of the Garden of Eden she took a four-leaf clover with her – to remember the good times in paradise by later on. So market gardens grow millions of potted clover plants for gift-givers at New Year’s. But hardliners say they’re cheating. To really bring good luck your four-leaf clover has to be found in the wild – where exemplars are very few and far between. So whoever does find them must be quite fortunate indeed – in which case good luck comes full circle.
    “Schwein gehabt” (meaning “got lucky there!” – though literally: “got pig!”) is an oft-used expression in Germany. The beast in question is associated with good luck in German and is now often gifted in the form of a marzipan pig. Swine don’t have a whole to do with Christianity, except when it comes to absorbing cast-out demons. The reason they’re tied in with good fortune is quite simple: to possess plenty of pigs was a sign of wealth and prosperity in the Middle Ages. Their owners would never go hungry. Like a good harvest, successful breeding was reckoned a sign of good fortune. Though no-one knows why cattle, sheep and chickens never made the grade.

    You have got a little lesson from German and european culture😉😉😉🙈🙈🙈👍👍👍

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    • David,

      Yes, I can’t eat this chocolate hahahahaha…
      I am speechless. Well-informed by you. One day I must pay coffee for your lessons today hahaha… I have no one to explain in detailed like you did… awesome😉
      So new year comes now. May God bless your goals whatever😇
      Thank you for being my good friend😁😥😅😃😎😜😁🤗

      Have a great day, David❤

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    • Anna
      😘😘😘😘 I’ve remember when I did study the career of political sciences and international relationships, I love all culture and could be a rare creature and pls if you need eating chocolate a nice Belgium chocolate and this pig out abattoir our mouths 👍👍👍👍😂😂😂
      Enjoy the new year

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