The Lucky Charms of Paraguay

Paraguay – Carrulim – Good Luck Charms from Around the World

Whether it is a symbol from nature or some object from our everyday life, we all look for help in our fortunes in life.  For some countries, the importance of food and drink is central to seeking luck – or preventing the possibility of bad luck.

Paraguay – Carrulim

The pace of life is slow in this country but the religious ceremonies are always well attended.  As most of the country is Roman Catholic, the belief that objects bring luck is considered idolatry.  Yet, for some Paraguayans, there are certain foods and drinks that can help to shape your fortune.  One example is the brew of Carrulim, which should be drunk in July and August to prevent bad luck.

History of the lucky charm of Carrulim

The drink emerged as part of the culture of Gurani.  The ingredients of this medicine are thought to bring happiness, drive away evil, and protect a person’s health.  Those who do not drink the concoction are likely to experience bad luck.

Why the Carrulim charm is bringing luck

Drinking this mixture from August 1st onwards is thought to prevent the misfortune that bedevils the month of August.  The hope is that this medicine will bring continued good health.

How to use the Carrulim charm

This charm is a drink.  The mixture of ingredients should be brewed into something resembling a tea.

How the Carrulim charm is made

The imbibing of cana (sugar cane), ruda and lemon produces the necessary concoction.  Rude is the root of yellow flowers that locals often use as medicines.  You will find herb vendors and kiosks selling carrulim throughout the month of August.  The mixture is sold in especially prepared bottles.

How to make the Carrulim charm at home

This drink is considered a magic potion.  The mixture is a traditional recipe known by vendors but is essentially a distilling of sugar, herbs and lemons.  

Interesting and fun facts about Carrulim charm

August is a month when people think they get sick in Paraguay, which may be linked to the weather.  The drink is a way of strengthening people from the chance of ill-health in this month. The illness is marked by fatigue, known as Kaigue by the local tribes.  The Guarani claim that ‘August is the month when skinny cows die”, so the sugary water is one way to stop yourself from being skinny!

Last year, local herb kiosks sold more than 500 litres during the Walk of Yuyos.

The mixture is through to help renew the blood, which will have become weighed down by the bad vibes of the 8 months of the year already passed.

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