All around the world, New Year’s Day is a day filled with tradition and symbolic rituals. In Japan, people clean their homes thoroughly on New Year’s Eve so that the gods will pay them a visit. The Dutch make bonfires from their Christmas trees to expel the old and welcome the new. In Scotland, it is considered auspicious for a tall, dark and handsome man to be the first person to enter your home after the clock strikes midnight. But certain foods also act as symbols of the hopes and wishes for the future. This is what you need to eat to be wealthy, have prosperity, long life, and love in the coming year of 2018. Dig in and have good “juju” everyone!
Lots of people consider pork to be the luckiest of all foods to eat on New Year’s Day. Because pigs “root forward” with their noses, which is supposed to symbolize progress. You can choose to eat your lucky pig in any way, including ham, sausage, whole roasted suckling pig, ham hocks, bacon, pancetta… yummy!
Eat twelve grapes at midnight. The Spanish and Portuguese eat twelve grapes as the clock chimes twelve times for midnight, to symbolize the twelve months of the new year. But eating grapes this quickly is not as easy as it may sound!
Roasted Whole Fish
Roast whole fish for lunch. Fish are lucky in three ways: their scales resemble coins, they travel in schools, which represents prosperity, and they swim forward, symbolizing progress. This option has the added benefit of complying with whatever New Year’s dietary resolutions you have likely made!
Dish of black-eyed peas and rice is customary for New Year’s Day in the American south, where black-eyed peas are considered auspicious based on their resemblance to coins.
Munch on greens because they resemble paper money, and all of us want to earn good money, right? Everything from cabbage to kale to your green salad ap- plies.
Bake a coin into a cake. This is a Greek tradition and involves special lemon-flavored cake called a vasilopita. It is baked with a coin inside and whoever finds the coin gets a year of good luck!■