British Culture – Pinch punch!

In Great Britain we have a funny tradition for the first day of each month.

  • First we say “Pinch punch, it’s the first of the month!”
  • Then we give somebody a small pinch and a light punch on the arm.
  • We can do this on first day of every month.

If we follow this by saying white rabbits or white rabbits, no returns it means the receiver of the pinch punch can’t return the saying and pinch or punch us back!

  • Beware! In some parts of the UK people may reply with “A flick and a kick for being so quick“. This – obviously – will be combined with a flick and a kick.
  • In Australia the similar expression – A pinch and a punch for the first of the month – is more common.
  • Some people believe this tradition should only be expressed before midday.


Who uses this phrase?

This is a funny little tradition commonly carried out by kids, as well as people who just enjoy being silly. It is a playful and humorous way to welcome a new month.

In The News:

“PINCH, PUNCH: … first of the month. As March begins, take a look at 66 magnificent things happening in London this month, including a new Royal exhibition, art fairs, film festivals, St Patrick’s Day celebrations, and a treat for dinosaur fans.”


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