"Lucky Penny Day - May 23rd"


National Lucky Penny Day is a day we celebrate the penny. The old saying, “See a penny pick it up, all day long you’ll have good luck.” No one seems to know where it stems from. But that’s okay. This is one of those unofficial national holidays that is fun to celebrate, even if you are puzzled by its origins.

How is National Lucky Penny Day Celebrated?

  • Search for pennies wherever you go.
  • Get together with your friends and take a walk. Make it a point to walk for pennies and see who can find the most.
  • Turn your pennies into gorgeous works of art.
  • Try to find a penny for the birth year of everyone in your family and make wall art with it.
  • Teachers and schools can use this day to teach students about money, currency, and budgeting.

National Lucky Penny Day Trivia/Facts:

  • The British penny as a unit of currency dates back over a thousand years. It was officially introduced in England in 757 A.D. and then came to America with the settlers.
  • The first pennies in the United States were made of copper.
  • Pennies were first minted in 1793.
  • The metal value and cost of minting pennies today exceeds their face value, spurring a movement to do away with minting any more pennies. However, the motion has never been passed by Congress.
  • Although it is said “See a penny, pick it up. All day long, you’ll have good luck,” superstition has it that you should only pick up a penny that is lying face up.
  • Finding a penny is said to be a penny from heaven – and someone who has passed is thinking of you.

Celebrities who celebrate their birthday on May 23rd:

  • Drew Carey – Actor/bandleader
  • Artie Shaw – Bandleader
  • Jewel – Singer
  • Margaret Wise Brown – Author (Goodnight Moon)
  • Kelly Monaco – Actress
  • Robert Moog – Inventor
  • Rosemary Clooney – Singer

Popular Social Media Hashtags:

#penny #luckypenny #luckypennies #luckypennyday

Other holidays in May include Foster Care Day, Brother and Sisters Day and Nascar Day, as well.

For drinking holidays there is National HomeBrew Day, National Beverage Day and World Cocktail Day.

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