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Start the New Year with “good luck” foods!

Various foods around the world are associated with “good luck”.
What a fortunate way to start the New Year!

  • Black-eyed peas bring prosperity, especially when served with collard greens.
  • In Germany, Ireland, and the US, cabbage is associated with good fortune because it is green, like money.
  • Associated with abundance and fertility, pomegranates bring abundance and fertility, and are enjoyed in Turkey and other Mediterranean countries for luck.
  • Lentils are eaten in Italy for prosperity in the New Year (they resemble little coins).
  • In some countries, people associate fish with moving forward into the New Year because fish swim forward!
  • In many Asian countries, long noodles are eaten on New Year’s Day to bring a long life. But remember not to break the noodle before it is all in your mouth.
  • Still looking for something that spells out luck? Get some fortune cookies. They are not just Asian tradition but a way to present fortune telling in a simple way. Chinese meals usually don’t end with dessert, so the dessert option is a fortune cookie.