Crossing the fingers’ is a gesture of hand used by many people to wish for luck. Many people, mostly the children uses this gesture of hand to excuse their telling of a white lie. There have been different theories regarding the origin of finger-crossing for luck.
What is the cross fingers gesture?
It is believed that the ‘crossed finger gesture’ is a reference to the Christian religion used for wishing luck.
Origin of crossing the fingers.
In early times, Christians were persecuted in the Roman empire and at that time they originated the ‘fingers crossing’ gesture which then became a secret way of showing the faith and recognizing fellow members.
Initially, it was a two person job.
Earlier, people used to cross their fingers with another person’s fingers to show their trust and belief in each other.
The modern way of crossing the fingers.
Now people cross their fingers alone to wish them luck and seeking the support of God.
The reason behind ‘fingers crossed’ gesture.
There are a few reasons for crossing the fingers but the main reason in the western world is to bring good luck or to show solidarity and support to someone else.
Seeking safety from the evils by making the cross sign.
People used the ‘cross finger sign’ not just for wishing luck or God’s favor but also to ward off evils and illness.
Soldiers crossing the fingers.
Crossing fingers is common among the soldiers during bloody battles, where soldiers needed a little luck and God’s favor to see them through.
Excusing our lie.
There are many people, especially the children, who cross their fingers just to excuse their lie.
Fingers crossed for breaking the promise.
People uses the ‘cross finger gesture’ while making a promise to invalidate the promise.