Rubbing statues for luck at Europe

During my visit to Europe in summer’17, while strolling down the busy streets of Budapest, I saw a large bronze statue of a policeman right in the middle of the street, with flocks of tourists near it. Being curious I went near to find out tourists rubbing the statues’ tummy!

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This statue of the “Fat Policeman” (at Zryinyi UtcaBudapest) is said to symbolize love for food and women. Rubbing its stomach is believed to bring good luck, especially in love! 

On asking someone in the crowd, I got to know that rubbing parts (well…sometimes inappropriate parts) of certain bronze statues is a common tradition across Europe. This tradition started with the belief that rubbing a certain part of a certain statue will bring good luck!!!

Over the next few days in Europe, I have touched and rubbed various statues. Do I believe in this popular myth? I don’t know, but it didn’t cost me a penny and rubbing statues actually enlightened me around why those statues are considered lucky.

P.S.: My wish list is still yet to come true. Maybe someday, who knows?

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This statue is of Andras Hadik (Uri Utca corner, Budapest), a war hero who is known for his role in capturing Berlin during the Seven Years’ War (1754 – 1763). Which part of this statue to rub for luck? Well, the horse’s balls!!!
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Designed by sculptor Lászlo Marton, this “Little Princess” statue (Danube PromenadeBudapest) symbolizes Marton’s daughter who provided him with inspiration for his work. Rubbing the Princess’ knees is rumored to bring luck and self-actualization!

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