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Eat These Foods to Have Luck in the New Year

What's your staple New Year's day food?

December 22, 2017

Your plans for New Year's Eve are made and you've already made your resolutions too. The only thing left is to plan for the traditional New Year's Day Good Luck feast.

But what you eat on the 1st day of the year could vary depending on where you live, grew up, or your family or cultural traditions. I grew up in Northeastern Pennsylvania and most people in that region eat a meal of pork and sauerkraut.

If you're trying to figure out what foods to serve on the first, here are just a few options that allegedly bring luck to the person eating them. 

1. Pork: It's considered a good luck meat and since it comes from a fatty pig it means you will have prosperity in 2018. 

2. Collard Greens: Eating collard greens or any greens on New Year's Day represents money and wealth in the new year. 

3. Donuts/Bundt Cake: Ring-shaped foods are said to represent the continuous year and getting through it from beginning to the end.

4. Black-Eyed Peas: Growing up in the North, I never even had the chance to eat these until I moved here. Confession, I still have never tried them either. These are popular in Southern culture because they prevented the people in the south from dying of starvation during the Civil War

5. Cabbage: This veggie represents prosperity and wealth in the New Year, but beware because it causes insane gas! 

What's your family's New Year's Day food tradition?