8 Foods from All Over the World Believed to Bring Luck in the New Year

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8 Foods from All Over the World Believed to Bring Luck in the New Year

Have a busog New Year, everyone!

| December 31, 2017

8 Foods from All Over the World

Believed to Bring Luck

in the New Year

By Patti Sunio

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Turns out we Filipinos aren’t the only superstitious ones come the New Year. From South America, to Germany, Ireland, and the rest of the world, each nation, culture, and culinary traditions have their own rendition of what’s considered lucky enough, worthy of a New Year’s feast.

Here are 8:

GRAPES

Similar to our 12 fruits on the table (one to represent each month of the year), the Mexicans also believe they should have round fruits on the table—grapes, in particular. Once the clock strikes 12, they have to quickly eat all 12 grapes within the first minute, for luck!

 

FISH

For Filipinos, fish is avoided (along with chicken) in New Year, because it is thought of as a poor man’s meal. However, in some parts of the world, fish are considered lucky. The fish’s scales resemble coins for wealth, their traveling in schools symbolizes prosperity, and their swimming forward is indicative of progress all year round.

 

PASTRIES

New Year is an excuse for pastries and sweet! The round ones, in particular, such as bagels, donuts, or round cakes, symbolize life coming full circle. In Greek tradition, they even bake a coin into a cake and whoever gets the slice with the hidden coin is believed to be lucky throughout the year.

 

GREENS

Aside from starting the year right, eating green veggies on New Year ’s Day also symbolizes prosperity. Green is the color of money, or luck in general, as with the four-leaf clover and jade stone. In Germany and Ireland, they usually prepare meals with cabbage.