Foods to Eat on New Year's for Good Luck

In the South, we know to eat black-eyed peas and collard greens for good luck on New Year's Day, but here are some other New Year's food traditions from around the world:

  • Soba noodles - In Japan, the soba noodle represents a long and prosperous life and has to be slurped up without breaking the noodle before chewing, according to
  • Grapes - People in Spain snack on grapes when midnight rolls around on January 1st, CNN reports. The grapes symbolize the coming months of the new year.
  • Fish - According to Reader's Digest, the scales on a fish represent coins and fish also signify abundance because they travel in schools.
  • Pomegranate - This fruit is a popular New Year’s Eve food in the Mediterranean area. “Reader’s Digest” also reports it’s a tradition in Greece to smash the pomegranate against the front door at midnight and the more seeds that come out, the more luck the household will have.

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