A typically Brazilian good luck charm

00120-copyFIFA has launched its own version of one of Brazil’s most traditional good luck charms,the fitinha.

From the state of Bahia a fitinha is a simple, blessed ribbon which is tied around the wrist (or ankle) in three knots. Each knot represents a wish. The luck comes when the ribbon rots through and falls off. The ribbons, often stamped with “Lembrança do Senhor do Bonfim da Bahia“, come in many colours and each colour has a meaning and represents a certain orixá or deity. Light blue for Iemanja, the Goddess of the Sea, for example.

So be careful what you wish for…