The Brightly Colored Gecko is a Symbol of Good Luck
Adding this artistic rendition of a Spanish lizard to your fridge magnet collection might bring more than just another pretty trinket into your home. This metalized gecko is a lovely souvenir from Spain, and a traditional symbol of transformation and spiritual significance in many cultures. The gecko has become a popular image in various art forms around the world and is frequently given as a gift to bestow a blessing or wishes for good luck for the recipient.
The hot, dry sun of Spain is the perfect environment for geckos to thrive, and the Moorish Gecko is often found in rock walls and houses throughout the country. Although there are sixteen species of lizards living in Spain, the Moorish Gecko shown in this fridge magnet is the iconic image used in most lizard art.
Tradition of Lizard Eating in Spain
The largest lizard in Spain is the Ocellated Llizard, which grows to about 20 inches long. In some areas of rural Spain, villagers actually hold festivals in which eating this lizard was a tradition. Some farmers in Catalonia eat them roasted, and there is an Extramaduran recipe in which the lizard is cooked in salsa verde with garlic, parsley and white wine- said to be delicious.
In modern times, however, the oscellated lizard is a protected species that is in danger of extinction, so the lizard eating tradition in Spain is one that has fallen by the wayside for the most part. The tradition of the gecko representing good luck is one that still holds true and makes the lizard a very popular image in Spanish arts and crafts. This particular bright red and green gecko fridge magnet would make a great souvenir from Spain to give as gifts for anyone you want to wish good luck.