March 19, 2010 at 1:04 pm Leave a comment

Chimney Sweeping is one of the oldest professions in the World, so it isn’t a surprise that over the years the Chimney Sweep would hold some sort of presence in different cultures.

For instance, in English culture, it is considered good luck for a bride to see a Chimney Sweep on her wedding day, and many Sweeps actually hire themselves out for weddings. Huh? Okay, so that’s a bit weird, but the British also feel that shaking hands with a Chimney Sweep, as well as being blown a kiss by one, is also considered to bring good luck.

A popular German New Year’s gift is, yeah, you guessed it, an ornament depicting a Chimney Sweep in his traditional outfit which includes an all black suit with gold buttons and a top hat that usually accompanies flowers or candy.

Croatians also believe that the Chimney Sweep is good luck, and if you pass one in the street you should rub one of your buttons.

And finally, Bulgarian Chimney Sweeps are required to carry on them proper identification stating their profession, because of the equipment they use.

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