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.
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