Every New Year gifts us with optimism hope for 12 months of prosperity and good health! Since we are never guaranteed anything, many believe in raising their odds by starting the New Year consuming specific lucky foods and avoiding the unlucky ones.
Here are six lucky, and three unlucky, foods to consider when preparing your New Years menu.
Foods to eat
Pork is a popular New Year’s choice as it signifies progress since they push forward when rooting for food as well as wealth and prosperity because of their plump bodies and high fat content.
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Fish travel together in schools which is said to bring abundance to those who consume it on New Years Day. Since their scales resemble money it is hoped that it will be included in the abundance earned from consuming the fish.
Many countries choose a dish made with some type of legumes for their New Years choice. The legumes are used because they resemble coins and therefore those who eat it will be blessed with money. Start your year out with this easy to make, delicious black-eyed peas dish
Grapes, Pomegranate and Mandarin Oranges
Besides being good for your health, mandarin oranges are believed to bring luck while the pomegranate’s many seeds symbolize the upcoming year’s prosperity. There is a special way to enjoy grapes which are to be consumed individually at midnight. Each grape represents one of the months (in order) so if any of them are bitter or spoiled it could mean a bad month. As the grapes are eaten (one for each stroke of midnight) a wish for that month is made.
Greens, symbolizing folded money and economic fortune, can be eaten either cooked or fresh. Choose a green or spinach salad or add a side dish of cabbage, kale, and chard for extra protection.
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It is very common to eat something round and sweet on New Years in hopes of ensuring a fortunate cycle in the coming year. Many customary bake a coin or trinket inside the treat which ensures the recipient an extra lucky year.
Foods to avoid
Eating chicken is considered a food that should be not consumed on New Years because the bird scratches backwards signifying past problems that may resurface during the year.
Turkey, Goose, Duck
Along with the chicken mentioned above, many avoid any type of winged fowl because their good luck could possibly fly away.
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It’s hard to imagine lobster being a bad choice anytime but many believe since it moves backwards, it could lead to a year full of setbacks.
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