New Year’s Day Food

I think just about every culture has traditional foods they eat on New Year’s Day to bring them good luck.  Here are a few examples, pick a few and see how they work for you.  I’ll be having lentil soup myself.

Lentils – shaped like coins, they will bring you wealth.

Black-eyed peas – they also bring wealth.

Collard greens or cabbage – green like money, brings you money.  Sauerkraut and Kimchi count too.

Pork – it’s fattiness is a sign of abundance, the fact that it roots in a forward direction signifies progress.  Marzipan pigs count too – vegetarian and yummy.

Chicken or turkey – they scratch backwards, so they are a sign of covering up the old and making room for the new.  Of course, some cultures consider them unlucky because they will lead to you scratching out a living and regretting the past.  I think I’ll play it safe and avoid poultry for a few days.

Fish – a reoccurring theme in many cultures.

Cakes – often rings or round in shape, sometimes they have a small coin or trinket baked inside.  The person who gets the piece with the treasure is extra lucky that year.

Grapes – eat 12 at midnight to bring luck all 12 months of the year.

For some lucky recipes and a bit more info, visit Epicurious.com

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