7 Foods to Eat on New Year's Day for Good Luck ...


Recently, I became fascinated with the different foods to eat on New Yearโ€™s Day for good luck. This concept is relatively new to me because my family never ate something specific for good luck. There are traditional foods that we serve at Thanksgiving and Christmas, but they are served because people would be very disappointed if a favorite dish was missing. However, many cultures have specific foods to eat on New Yearโ€™s Day to bring good look, and sometimes there is even a specific way in which the food is to be eaten! If you are like me and didnโ€™t grow up eating good luck food, you can choose your favorite foods from this list to bring good luck in the New Year.

1. Grapes


The Spanish New Year tradition is to consume 12 grapes for each of the 12 strokes of midnight. The goal is to have all the grapes swallowed before the last stroke is over, which is a pretty lofty goal. Symbolically, each grape represents a different month and if the fourth grape is sour, the fourth month of the year will be sour too. Interestingly, this good luck tradition is just a little over a hundred years old. In 1909 grape growers in Spain started this tradition because they wanted to sell the surplus grapes! The ritual caught on and spread to Portugal, Venezuela, Cuba, Mexico, Ecuador, and Peru. Who knows, the tradition might spread to my house, and grapes just might become one of my favorite foods to eat on New Yearโ€™s Day.

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