Everybody loves delicious food and the New Year’s Eve is no exception. People assemble together to prepare scrumptious feasts around the globe and not only do they enjoy those recipes but also they make sure that they welcome the year correctly.
Various good luck foods are prepared across the countries. Here are some of them:
1. Whole fish
Whole fish are good-luck food for the Asians. Whole portion of the fish including the head and tail are cooked. This is meant to ensure good luck from the start of the year to the very end. It is said that fish are loaded with good fortune. Their scales resemble coins. Moreover, fish can swim forward, which indicates progress.
According to many people, pork is the luckiest of foods that one must eat on the New Year’s Day. Whether it is Portugal, Spain, Austria, or Hungary, pork signifies abundant blessings for the New Year due to the fact that pigs never move backwards and when looking for food they push their snouts forward. This tradition has extended over the years, and even cookies shaped like pigs and other delicacies are made for the celebration of New Year.
3. Pickled Herring
In Germany and Poland, it is believed that pickled herring will bring good luck due to the fact that pickled herring is found in abundance in this part of the world. Apart from this, the fish’s silver color resembles the color of coins, which is also a main reason why pickled herrings are said to bring good fortune for the year to come.
4. Round Fruits
Round fruits are assembled as a focus for the table during the New Year in the Philippines. The country lays the focus to exactly 13 fruits, which is believed to be lucky in that part of the world. Europe goes for 12 round fruits, which actually signify the 12 months of the year. Round fruits resemble coins in their shape, which means prosperity. Apart from this, the fruits’ sweetness helps to welcome the New Year with a sweet note rather than a bitter one.
Lentils are shaped almost like small coins and therefore, they constitute a major part of the New Year’s Eve feasts all over the world. A good recipe constituting of green lentils served with sausages, are prepared in Italy. Lentils are also considered to bring good luck in Hungary, and are usually prepared as soup.
6. Long noodles
In the Asian cultures consuming long noodles for the New Year is believed to bring a long life. You must not break the noodle once it’s in your mouth, because breaking of noodles is considered as bad luck and so eat quickly!
7. Cooked greens
Cooked greens are said to bring prosperity and money for the New Year because they look like dollar bills. In Germany, cabbage is made into sauerkraut and they are served along with pork.
8. Ring-shaped foods
One must eat these ring-shaped foods to signify the year coming full circle. Enjoy doughnuts or bagels or other ring shaped foods for at least the first two weeks of the New Year.
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