Pinch & A Punch For The First Day of the Month!

Our office savior and National eview Group PA of the Year, Mel, is a Mount Martha local who moved from the UK over 10 years ago and still manages to bring out some of the interesting British traditions every now and again! Our favourite has to be the good old "pinch and a punch for the first day of the month". Though after not really knowing why or what it meant and how white rabbits got involved, we thought we'd dig a little deeper and see what it was all about. You might be surprised by the history...


According to some, when he was president, George Washington met local Indian tribes on the first day of each month. He would supply fruit punch with an added pinch of salt. It became known as ‘pinch and punch on the first of the month’.


Others believe the tradition originated in medieval times, when people believed in witches. Salt was meant to make witches weak, so the pinch signified the use of salt to weaken the witch, while the punch was then administered to banish the witch for good.

So the theory is that by saying "pinch and a punch for the first day of the month" is a way to protect yourself from bad luck in the new month.

The tradition is documented in a publication from 1909 and it is said that by saying "white rabbits, no return" you cannot be pinched back. I wonder how I'm going to explain that to my own three beautiful daughters when the time comes?! If anyone has any advice on how to successfully explain to a toddler that she can't pinch her sister back because she said "white rabbits, no return" please get in touch, I'm going to need your help!

Thanks to the Metro for helping us with our research.

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