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Which would you want your child to pick?
The Shot Glass 18%
The Rosary 25%
The Bread 31%
The Coin 25%

Votes: 16

 Shot Glass vs. Rosary

 Author:  Topic:  Posted:
Dec 02, 2001
Some Polish-American relatives of mine are about to have a unique ritual for my little second cousin.

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On his first birthday, his parents will put him on a table, and uncover his eyes. Before him, he will see a shot glass, a piece of bread, a coin, and a rosary. Depending on which item the baby picks up first, this is supposed to predict if he will be fun-loving, healthy, rich, or religious, respectively.

My aunt has bought a brightly colored kiddie rosary specifically for this purpose. She's quite worried about having an alcoholic grandson.

Surprisingly, I can't find much on the web about this ritual. There is a passing mention on the Polish American Club, and there's a mention of it on this birthday page.

Has anyone taken part in this ritual? Do you know of any other interesting traditions that cruelly determine the future life of an impressionable child? (Discipline our 14-year-old for drinking? He picked the shot glass; can't fight his destiny!) Also, feel free to comment on your poll choice.


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