Fact – the three things that men can’t keep their eyes off of are burning fire, streaming water and other men doing physical labor. Ok, so maybe this isn’t really a fact, but it seems to hold true for almost everyone. Perhaps this is the reason that water fountains can be spotted decorating cities all over the world. Probably not though.
In that case, why do water fountains even exist and how did throwing in a coin and making a wish become a tradition shared globally?
It seems that the tradition of throwing coins into fountains is as old as the fountains themselves. Unlike today, where drinkable water can be found in every household in developed countries, in the past sources of water were considered gifts from God. If a certain land provided clean and drinkable water, a fountain would be built to enshrine the gift for all to see. The concept of water as a divine gift was shared by all religions and beliefs. For this reason, many water fountains are elaborately decorated with statues and symbols of God and religion, a way to honor the gift from above. While the people of the town would gather around these public fountains to gather their daily water, they would be reminded of the gift from the heavens.
Throwing a coin into these fountains was the way of showing gratitude and praise to the lord, and the long-time practice of presenting a gift to God and praying had found a new form. Nowadays, we’ve basically taken the religion out of this practice and we formally recognize it as “making a wish”.
While we no longer gather around these fountains to collect drinkable water, nor do we consider these spots gifts from above, the tradition of water fountains continues to thrive.
In old cities throughout the world, the sight of coin-filled water fountains with marvelous statues sitting above can still be seen today.
So for the sake of tradition, grab your lucky coin, find your fountain and make a wish.
We hope it comes true.