Good Luck Foods for New Years
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.
Here's the rundown:
For guaranteed wealth and prosperity in the coming year, just set a dish of cooked lentils on the table. It symbolizes a bowl of coins. Who doesn't need a bowl-full of money on the table?
Cabbage, kale and collards all count no matter how you serve them. Green symbolizes money but these vegetables also symbolize good health which many believe is the only real wealth.
Sauerkraut counts as a green, too, even though it looks white, because it's made from cabbage which is green .... well, light green anyway.
Black Eyed Peas
Eating Hop'n John (black eyed peas) is the traditional Southern way to insure wealth and prosperity.
Pork and Ham
Pigs dig forward with their snouts. Moving forward is good. Pork and ham symbolize a prosperous New Year.
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?
Anything fried or heavy on butter is the key to health, good luck and prosperity - or so traditions go. Fritters, doughnuts, cakes and sweet breads (with or without coins or rings inside). Funny, the rest of the year fried and buttered goodies are taboo. Oh well, guess you shouldn't mess with tradition.
Stay Away From Chicken & Lobster!!
Eating chicken and lobster at New Years bring poverty, disaster and poor health .... or so tradition warns us.
When chickens scratch their claws on the ground, the dirt they scratch moves backwards. Backwards is bad. Lobsters, trying to walk on land, shuffle in a backwards motion. Backwards is, again, bad.
So, even if chicken and lobster are your favorites (never mind that chicken breasts and lobster tails can cost a fortune!), steer clear of them at New Years. You just can't take any chances..... especially if you had a rough year!
No matter what the tradition, there's plenty of good luck, good health and prosperity foods to eat at the stoke of midnight at New Year's Eve.
But which one to choose?
Better not take any chances… have some of everything!