Portuguese Good Luck Roosters

The story behind the Good Luck Roosters comes from Portuguese folklore. Image and video hosting by TinyPic “[…]A pilgrim on his way to Santiago de Compostela was accused of theft and arrested. In spite of his honesty, he was unable to offer a satisfactory defense and was sentenced to hang. He asked his jailers if he might see the judge, who received him in the judicial dining room. The judge was eating roasted rooster. The prisoner declared his innocence once more before the judge and asked for mercy. When it was denied, the innocent man declared, as proof of his innocence, the rooster would rise up and crow, which to everyone’s astonishment indeed did happen. Needless to say, the pilgrim was spared. The story became part of Portuguese folklore and represents justice triumphing on behalf of those who fight for it and good luck.”

– exerpt and image from Provincia 


In the town of Barcelos, where this tale takes place, the legend of this rooster still lives on. The rooster is the official good luck charm for Portugal. The Galo de Barcelos is a symbol of good luck, faith, and justice. These figurines are crafted by artisans and hand painted with various designs, and are made in various sizes. The roosters can be found in all different combinations of bright colors.

 Display these roosters in a kitchen to bring good luck.

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Not only are roosters nice for a home with rustic décor, but they also bring good luck.  A great friend of mine once told me that “no kitchen should be without a rooster.” Whether it be your tablecloth, tea towels, servingware, a figurine, or any piece of ceramic – you really should always bring a rooster into your kitchen. After all, when a rooster crows it leads us from the darkness and into dawn. They welcome the light, a new day, and a new beginning.

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