Why Do We Wish On Shooting Stars ?
Legend has it that wishing upon a shooting star makes the wish come true. It is believed to have originated in Europe, when Greek astronomer Ptolemy, around AD 127-151, wrote that the Gods occassionally, out of curiosity, even boredom, peer down at the earth from between the spheres, and stars sometimes slip out of this gap, becoming visible as shooting or falling stars. Since the Gods are already looking at us at such a time, they tend to be more receptive to any wishes we make.
Another legend from native americans mentioned that in the land of Kluskap many years ago there lived two sisters who loved to watch the stars. One day when they were walking in the forest they became lost and in the evening they watched the stars as always. In two bright stars, one sister saw an Eagle and the other sister saw a hawk. These birds carried them up into heaven. They were very lonesome, for they were away from their own people and they prayed to Kluskap to have them returned to their homes. He said, "If I do this, you must not look back once we start on our journey". But the younger sister could not resist looking back to see if her older sister were following. As she did, she was immediately turned to flame. You can see her today. Look for a shooting star, it is the younger sister still trying to come back to her people in the old land of Kluskap.
People all over the world have different beliefs about meteors and meteorites. One thing they have in common though is a belief that meteors are extraordinary. For example;
But the truth is - Sometimes things happen, and sometimes they do not. Whether the event is preceded by 'wishing on a shooting star' has nothing whatever to do with it. However, it does remind me of the Japanese drama :Nagareboshi" which mean - Shooting Star !