Can you believe that it’s New Year’s Eve in a few days already? Totally crazy. It seems like time speeds up as you get older. But the funny thing is that those times get more and more enjoyable due to lessons gained from experience, expanding knowledge, and stronger relationships. That being said, we can always use a little extra luck in the new year.
There are a lot of superstitions associated with NYE (like what to wear, do, and say), but I’m going to tell you about deliciously superstitious foods that might bring you good fortune next year! When you pile up your plate, just keep in mind that the shape (round), color (preferably green), and amount (a lot) might make you rich, increase your lifespan, and possibly bring you babies. Check out the full list below!
Fish: Fish has been historically eaten around New Year’s because it’s easily preserved with salt. In fact, salted cod is one of the staples of Italian New Year’s Eve/Day diets. Since fish travel in schools, they symbolize abundance in addition to moving forward or progression. Oh yeah, and the silver scales of the fish also resemble money…so eating fish may bring you wealth in the new year too.
Grapes (and other round fruits): You gotta eat 12 grapes at midnight if you’re Spanish! Each grape represents one stroke of the clock and might forecast how the new year will be for you. You see, grapes also represent the 12 months of the year. If one of the grapes is extra sweet or sour, that numbered month may be especially rewarding or challenging for you. Just remember to consume all those grapes before the last chime of the clock!
Greens: Greens such as kale, spinach, and cabbage are associated with wealth because they’re the color of money! Superstition says that the more greens you eat, the more money you’ll make in the new year.
Lentils (and other legumes): If you want to have a prosperous year, you might want to whip up a batch of lentils. Superstition associates lentils with money because they’re shaped like coins. They’re also plentiful and plump up when cooked, which symbolizes an increase in wealth. The same goes for beans, peas, black eyed peas, and other legumes.
Noodles: In Asian cultures, eating long noodles may increase your life span. However when you’re munching away, if you break the noodle before it’s entirely in your mouth, it’s considered bad luck. So slurp those noodles down!
Pomegranate: In the Mediterranean, a few cultures say that pomegranates represent an abundance of wealth and an increase of fertility due to the number of seeds in the fruit. The bright red color is similar to a healthy human heart, which symbolizes good health.
Pork: Who wants to regress in the new year? Not me! Supposedly pigs symbolize progress, so consuming pork may help ensure that you’re life will progress throughout the new year. Since pork has a rich fat content, it also symbolizes wealth. And for all the vegetarians out there, pig shaped cookies, candies, and imagery will work too.
Try a few of these out and let me know if any of them work! Cheers….and see you next year! :)
**Other than the awesome intro image that I made, all the food pictures were found on the internet.**