Savor the Season - Good Luck Foods for New Years

By Karla Jones Seidita

Everyone has a good luck food to eat at the stroke of midnight.

They vary from culture to culture, region to region but they all have the same thing in common..... they promise good health, good luck and prosperity in the coming New Year.

Lentils have long symbolized wealth and prosperity for the New Year because they're said to resemble a dish filled with coins.   

Greens also symbolize money but they also symbolize good health…. which many believe is the real wealth.    Cabbage, kale and collards all count no matter how you serve them.   

Sauerkraut counts as a green, too, even though it looks white, because it's made from cabbage which is green... well, light green anyway.

Eating Hoppin John (black eyed peas) is the traditional Southern way to insure wealth and prosperity.  

Pork and ham symbolize a prosperous New Year, too.
Pigs dig forward with their snouts.   Moving forward is good.

Fish is another good choice.  
Fish swim forward and never look back plus their scales are said to resemble coins.  What's better than a fish swimming out to meet you covered in money?

And let's not forget dessert.  
Fritters, doughnuts, cakes and sweet breads with coins or rings inside.

Seems like fried or heavily layered with butter are keys to health, good luck  and prosperity…..funny, the rest of the year they are taboo.  Oh, well, guess you shouldn't mess with tradition.   
Foods to stay away from?
Chicken and lobster. 

When chickens scratch their claws on the ground, the dirt they scratch moves backwards.  Lobsters, trying to walk on land, shuffle about in a backwards motion.   Backwards is bad.

So, even if chicken and lobster are your favorites, steer clear of them for New Years.  You just can't take any chances….especially if you've had a rough year! 

No matter what the tradition, there's a good luck, good health and prosperity food to eat on New Years.

But which one to choose?
Better not take any chances… have some of everything!  


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