The New Year will soon be here! Because of this, you may be looking for ways that you can make next year better than any year in the past. If you want to start your New Year off on the right foot, there may be ways that you an increase and improve your luck in the coming year. In fact, you may be able to ring in the New Year with luck inducing foods. In order to do just that, get to know some of the foods that are believed to bring good luck when you eat them. Then, you will be able to incorporate them into your plan for the new year, and hopefully, have good luck throughout the new year and beyond.
Three Foods For The New Year
1. Cooked Greens
When your parents used to tell you that you should always eat your green vegetables, they may have actually been on to something. Many cultures around the world believe that consuming cooked greens such as kale, spinach, cabbage, and collard greens can actually bring you good luck. As such, it is New Year’s tradition in various corners of the globe to eat big heaping helpings of cooked greens to celebrate the New Year.
In Denmark, the traditional New Years Eve meal includes a dish that is made up of steamed kale with a sprinkling of sugar and cinnamon. On the other hand, Germans celebrate with eating Sauerkraut, a traditional pickled cabbage dish. In some areas of the Southern United States, collard greens are a standard part of the holiday meal. What all of these cultures have in common is the fact that they associate the green of the vegetables with the concept of prosperity, specifically economic prosperity.
2. Fish Dishes
Fish is another food that is thought to bring luck to those who eat it for the New Year. There are different fish traditions in different cultures, depending on what is readily available. Along with the aforementioned steamed kale, the traditional Danish New Years meal also includes boiled cod. In Germany, they may prefer carp and in Japan, there are numerous traditions regarding the different good luck properties of various fish.
In general, the fish is cooked whole with the scales still on in the European New Years tradition. This is because the scales have a resemblance to metal coins and are thought to be a sign of good luck and wealth. In Japan, the preparation depends on the fish, but the luck provided may be related to economics, fertility, long life, or having good harvests in the year to come.
Grapes have long been a type of fruit that is considered to be lucky all over the world. In ancient Greece, grapes were considered to be the “food of the gods” and were revered as a very special and important food. Other cultures also have similar traditional beliefs about grapes.
However, it is Spain that started one of the most interesting traditions regarding eating grapes in the New Year. For every stroke of the clock at midnight, a single grape is consumed. Each grape represents one month out of the year (i.e. the first is January, the second is February and so on). If the grape is sweet, that month is thought to be good while a sour grape may be a sign that the month will be difficult.
This tradition has become prevalent in many cultures and is still practiced today. If you do not want to go that far, simply consuming grapes is thought to be lucky in the New Year and if they are all sweet, you can expect a fantastic year ahead.
These are just a few of the many foods that are thought to bring forth good luck and prosperity in the New Year. You may also want to try pomegranates, pork, legumes, and cakes. All of these foods are also considered to bring you good fortune when the New Year arrives.