The Lucky Chimney Sweep Tradition
Good Luck is sure to rub off when the groom shakes hands with a Lucky Chimney Sweep who will have a “Lucky Kiss” for the new bride. With the power vested in him by King George II
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Following a tradition that started about 200 years ago when a London chimney sweeper saved the life of King George II. The sweep had been the only person brave enough to stop the King’s out of control horses and carriage.
By Royal Decree the King proclaimed that all sweeps are good luck bearers and should be treated with respect. The folklore was established and to this day chimney sweepers are invited to attend weddings and kiss the bride for good luck.
Since pagan times, the images of fire and the hearth have been associated with luck – when a new bride inherited the fire irons, she symbolically inherited a home and a new family. It’s because of his blackened face and his relationship with hearths and fires that the chimney sweep carries the luck with him where ever he goes, and when you meet him, his luck rubs off onto you.
Coal, again connected with fire and hearths, is also believed to be lucky; when given by a sweep the luck is multiplied. Soldiers have carried small lumps of coal into battle to ensure survival, and sailors kept coal in their pockets while at sea.
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