Although it’s commonplace to ring in the New Year with champagne, different cultures around the world also welcome the New Year with various different foods – all meant to bring good luck and well-being in one particular area.
So if you’re looking for wealth, good health, or even increased fertility 2020, you may want to nosh on the following foods this new year!
Pomegranates for Fertility
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Did you know in Greece smashing a pomegranate on the floor is meant to reveal seeds of prosperity and good fortune in the New Year? My husband struggles with the mess I make cutting one, so there was no smashing allowed. Instead we ate one..but mainly because this was the only fruit that was left in the fruit bowl 🤣🤣 #pomegranate is a symbol of regeneration & fertility. It dates back to Greek mythology where it is associated with the story of Persephone who is taken by Hades to the underworld. The multiple seeds stand for “rebirth”, in this case her return to her mother to begin the spring season. In many cultures pomegranates are gifted to women hopeful to become pregnant where they believe that a taste of the sweet seeds will encourage a seed to be planted of her own. . . . . . . . . . #fertility #fertilityhope #newyeardream #newyearcelebration #happynewyear2020 #infertility #hope #havefaith #ttccommunity #ttcsisters #ttctribe #ttcmotivation #healthyfood #ttcpositivity
Looking to start a family in 2020? In many cultures, pomegranates are believed to increase fertility in the coming year if you eat them on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day. In Greece whole pomegranates are thrown on the floor to release their seeds, which represent the seed of new life.
Noodles for Longevity
Hoping to live a long and healthy life? Whip up a batch of noodles, but be sure not to break them in half first. The long noodles represent a long life. The same goes for cabbage when used in sauerkraut or coleslaw. In Germany and Eastern Europe, the long strands are also representative of a long life.
Pork for a Fresh Move Forward and Progress
Long revered as a harbinger of good luck for the new year, Pork is often served on New Year’s Day. The tradition stems from the way pigs forage for their food by placing their snout into the ground and moving forward, without ever looking back – just the way we want to embrace a brand new year.
Grapes for a Fruitful Year Ahead
In many Latin cultures, 12 grapes are eaten at midnight in a relatively fast process where people eat one grape for each time the clock chimes at midnight. Each grape represents one of the months ahead and is meant to bring good luck for the upcoming year.
Fish for Abundance
Whole fish are served in many cultures on New Year’s Day, particularly in countries close to the sea. Not only do the silvery fish scales symbolize money, but the fish, in general, also bring hopes of great abundance for the new year.
Cakes for Good Luck
Round cakes are traditionally served on New Year’s Day to symbolize a full circle of luck. Oftentimes a coin is hidden inside the cake and whoever is lucky enough to get that piece can hope for wealth in the coming year.
Black-Eyed Peas, Greens and Cornbread for Money
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A New Years Day feast – All for good luck in 2019! So…here’s the breakdown: Pork w/ a 6 hrs cheery reduction: Pork for progress! According to some theorists, while chickens and turkeys scratch backward, a pig buries his snout into the ground and moves forward—in the same direction you want to head in the New Year. Pigs root around with their snouts moving in a forward motion, which is why many cultures around the world eat pork on New Year's Day to symbolize progress for the coming year. Lentils: for wealth and prosperity because the flat legumes were believed to resemble Roman coins Spinach: Leafy greens resemble folded paper money symbolizing wealth and prosperity. Green symbolizes luck & money – peas for pennies & spinach for paper money Cornbread: The color is considered to represent gold, and eating it is thought to bring you spending money in the prosperous new year. "peas for pennies, greens for dollars, and cornbread for gold." #nyd #goodluckfoods #organic #biodiversity #happynewyear
Traditionally a southern New Year’s Day dish, eating a plate full of black-eyed peas, leafy greens and cornbread symbolize peas for pennies, greens for dollars, and cornbread for gold!