Lucky Foods for the New Year

Around the world many cultures believe that there are certain foods that bring luck to the new year. Ring in the new year with some of these traditional foods known to bring good luck for the next 365 days.

Grapes – Grapes are believed to be a predictor of the year ahead. It is Spanish and Portuguese tradition to eat 12 grapes at midnight. Each grape represents the twelve months of the year. Sweet grapes predict a good month, while sour grapes predict an unlucky month.

Circular foods – Circular foods in the shape of a ring ┬ásymbolize the year “coming full circle”.

Pork – Pork is considered by many to be one of the luckiest foods to eat on New Year’s Day. Countries including Cuba, Spain, Portugal, Austria, and Hungary say pig symbolizes progress because pigs never move backward. Pigs push their snouts forward along the ground while feeding.

Long Noodles – In China, Japan, and other Asian countries, eating long noodles symbolizes longevity. The noodles are never to be broken or cut during the cooking process, as this is considered unlucky.

Whole Fish – It is Chinese tradition to eat whole fish with the fish served with the head and tail attached. This is believed to represent a good year from start to finish.

Greens – Green leafy vegetables are traditionally eaten as they represent prosperity. Their color and appearance resemble paper cash.

Black-Eyed Peas – It is Southern tradition to eat black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day. Black-eyed peas represent wealth and prosperity. They symbolize wealth because they look similar to coins and prosperity because they swell when cooked.