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New Year’s Food Traditions You Didn’t Know You Needed!

Whether you are looking for wealth or good luck in the new year- here are some New Year’s food traditions and superstitions you didn’t know you needed!

Hoppin’ John: This rice-been-green combo originated somewhere in the Carolinas and is still eaten all over the deep south on New Year’s Day. This dish is typically made with rice, black eyed peas or field peas and bacon. Each food symbolizes something to look forward to in the new year. Black eyed peas symbolize two things: wealth and luck. Some people believe that the pea represents a coin, and therefore it is to bring money in the new year. While others seem to believe that the black-eyed pea represents luck to come. I could use a spoonful of either! The bacon or pork is said to bring good luck to the new year.

Pork: Pigs are said to bring luck into the new year because they move forward as they eat. Interesting reasoning, but I never pass up a chance to eat bacon. Alternatively, other articles claim that the pig and pork represent a fat wallet(another thing you won’t find me passing up!).

Black eyed peas: -or any sort of bean. The beans or peas symbolize coins bringing you wealth.

Greens: Whether it be collards, beans or peas- these green veggies are said to bring wealth to your new year. The color of the greens matches what you hope to find in your wallet. This tradition is one that I won’t ever skip out on!

 

12 Grapes: This Spanish tradition is fun and yummy! At the strike of midnight, some may be looking for their significant other to snag a kiss from, but this tradition calls for stuffing your mouth with TWELVE grapes instead of your partner’s lips! You read that right, TWELVE. The 12 grapes represent each month of the year to come, and some say that if you get a sour grape beware of that month!