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Have you ever thought that a food can bring luck for you? Seems bit crazy. But not for many revelers across the world you eat a particular food on the first day of the year to summon the lady luck. If you want to be lucky too, just go ahead.
1. Long Noodles
It’s customary to eat long noodles on New Year’s Day in China, Japan and other Asian countries as it signify longevity,. Since the noodles are never to be broken or shortened during the cooking process, the typical preparation for “Long-Life Noodles” is a stir-fry.
In some countries, including Cuba, Spain, Portugal, Hungary and Austria, pigs symbolize progress. Some say it’s because these animals never move backward, while others believe it’s all in their feeding habits (they push their snouts forward along the ground when rooting for food).
3. Round Fruits
Eating any round fruit is a common New Year’s tradition. In the Philippines, the custom calls for 13, considered a lucky number; in Europe and the U.S., it calls for 12, which represents the months in a year. In both cases, their shape, which looks like a coin, and their sweetness are the common denominators.
4. Whole Fish
Rosemary Gong writes in Good Luck Life, her book on Chinese celebrations, that it’s important for the fish be served with the head and tail intact to ensure a good year from start to finish.
Pomegranates represent good luck in Turkey for many reasons: Their red color, which represents the human heart, denotes life and fertility; their medicinal properties represent health; and their abundant, round seeds represent prosperity.
From the coastal American South to Europe, people eat green leafy veggies—including kale, collards and cabbage—on New Year’s Day because of their color and appearance, which resembles paper cash.
A popular New Year’s meal in Italy is Cotechino con Lenticchie (green lentils with sausage) because of the legume’s greenish color and coin-like appearance. Deeper into the myth: When cooked, lentils plump with water, symbolizing growing wealth.
8. Pickled Herring
In Germany, Poland and Scandinavia, it’s believed that eating herring at the stroke of midnight will ensure a year of bounty—as herring are in abundance throughout Western Europe.
9. Black-Eyed Peas
Considered good luck due to their penny-like appearance and abundance, these peas, enjoyed in the southern United States, are traditionally served in a dish called Hoppin’ John. They are meant to demonstrate frugality and promote prosperity in the New Year.
A favorite throughout the year, cornbread is especially venerated as a New Year’s treat in the southern United States. It is because its color resembles that of gold. To ensure extra luck, some people add extra corn kernels, which are emblematic of golden nuggets
“If no luck comes your way, at least you’ll go into the New Year with a full belly.”
HAPPY NEW YEAR