Each New Year’s, people around the world chow down on specific foods to summon good luck for the next 365 days.
It is common to see people practice different customs and stick to different beliefs with the objective of inviting good fortune every year.
Some people believe that eating variety of foods can brighten up their future and hence they continue this tradition year after year.
Here are 11 delicious dishes that will bring you good luck.
New Years Lucky Foods 2017:
* Grapes – Eat twelve grapes, one for each chime of a clock. This tradition supposedly started in 1909 by grape growers who wanted to cut down on a surplus of grapes. The grape ritual is said to guarantee sweetness and fortune in the year ahead.
* Oranges – Round fruits such as oranges and pomegranates are believed to also symbolize coins and bring a prosperous New Year.
- Beans: Eating black eyed peas on New Year’s is said to bring good fortune. Eat green lentils as well, as they are round, which is said to represent coins￼and green for the color of money.
- Green Veggies: Cooked collard, spinach, cabbage and kale are all said to represent paper money. The more greens you eat, the more fortune you will have in the coming year.
- Meat: If you eat meat, pick pork over chicken or beef on New Year day, because pigs dig with their snout, representing forward movement or progress, while chickens and turkeys scratch backward, and cows stand still.
- Fish: Fish is a good choice as well since most swim forward, and the scales are believed to symbolize silver. Another theory is that since many fish swim in schools and lay lots of eggs at one time, it is a sign of abundance.
- Noodles: Eat noodles for longevity. The longer the noodles are the better.
- Grains: Rice, risotto, barley and other starches symbolize abundance since they swell when cooked.
- Sweets: St. Basil’s bread. Known as vasilopita in Greece, St. Basil’s bread plays an important role in Greek New Year’s traditions. The bread itself is sweet, and is baked with a coin hidden in it.
- Round Foods: These foods represent the year coming “full circle.” Donuts, cookies, cakes, pancakes, and pizzas that are in the shape of a “ring” are said to symbolize the year coming full circle.
- Corn bread: Said to symbolize gold, cornbread is a popular New Years southern tradition.
- Champagne: Toast with champagne or prosecco. In some cultures they suggest you take 3 short hops without spilling your drink and then pour throw the champagne behind you to put all the bad stuff in the past.