Digital News Report – There are many different food traditions that people believe will bring them good luck if they eat it on New Year’s Day. These lucky New Year’s Day foods are often simple to make and good for you. Here is some of the more common foods to bring you luck next year and were the tradition came from.
Cabbage or Sauerkraut
Many different greens are consumed for good luck and wealth in the New Year. Cabbage is popular choice you might find the Irish it eating boiled. The Germans believe eating sauerkraut on New Year’s Day will bring good luck. In the South eating any kind of greens are thought to bring prosperity.
Black Eyed Peas
Black eyed peas are believed to bring you prosperity if you eat them on New Year’s Day. The tradition of eating black-eyed peas on New Years Day came from a Jewish holiday, Rosh Hashana. This is a Jewish New Year tradition which comes from the Babylonian Talmud. You will find many in the South will eat black-eyed peas on a regular basis and may have come from early Jewish settlers. The traditional way to serve black-eyed peas for New Year’s Day is with collards, turnip, or mustard greens along with ham. The recipe is typically called the Hoppin’ John Recipe which is often served on New Year’s Day.
Italians will have lentil soup or sausage and lentils recipes as their first meal of the New Year to bring good luck. The reasoning is that the tiny lentils look like small coins. In some areas of Italy people believe that eating rice is also good luck. They also like to cook pork sausage, with the lentils and greens for a lucky meal. The rice is usually made into a risotto.
Pork is a theme among many as a traditional theme in the New Year’s Day meal. Many base their New Year’s Day meal around some pork along with the other lucky ingredients.
Several cultures believe that eating fish is symbolic of moving forward in the new year, while others believe it will bring an abundance for the future.
In Asia, eating long noodles is believed to bring a long life. The New Year’s Day tradition has the person eating the noodle without breaking it until it is all in your mouth. It could be fun to try this and see who has the most patience to eat those long Chinese Soba noodles in one piece.
The Dutch may eat donuts for good luck which they believe the ring shape is the symbolic meaning for good luck. Greeks will eat a cake with a coin baked in them. If you get the coin you will prosper in the new year.
In Spain, it has been a tradition to eat twelve grapes when it turns midnight. This tradition came about one year when there was an abundance of grapes. Each grape is symbolic of each month and bringing good fortune for the whole year.
There are also many more traditional foods that are eaten for New Year’s Day. These are just a few of the more commonly celebrated good luck foods for New Years Day.
By Victoria Brown