If you want to ensure good luck to yourself and your loved ones in the next year, start with a bountiful New Year's Eve meal. Every culture has particular foods that bring good luck.
Step 1: Gather greens Gather some greens for a New Year's Eve meal. Whether it be kale, cabbage, or collard greens, the green color and folds of these vegetables are thought to symbolize money and fortune for the year ahead.
Step 2: Pick pork as the main course Pick pork as the main course of a New Year's meal. Many cultures point to the pig's eating habit of pushing the snout forward while rooting for food as symbolic of progress.
TIP: Despite what your mother always told you, leave a little food on your plate at the New Year's feast. This is thought in many cultures to ensure a stocked pantry all year.
Step 3: Bake a cake Bake a cake, particularly a round cake, to bring good luck. In Greece, a round cake is baked with a coin inside. Whoever gets the coin in their piece will have good luck all year.
Step 4: Consume legumes Consume legumes such as lentils or black-eyed peas to bring wealth in the new year. Lentils are especially popular because of their round shape, which resembles a coin, and the fact that they grow when cooked, signifying wealth.
Step 5: Nibble noodles Nibble noodles, but be sure not to break the noodle before it is all in your mouth. Soba noodles are especially popular in Japanese New Year's celebrations.
TIP: Avoid chicken, lobster, and anything winged. These foods are considered to bring bad luck if eaten on the holiday in various cultures.
Step 6: Don't forget the drink Don't forget the drink! Pomegranates are thought to have good luck qualities in Mediterranean culture. Make a smoothie by blending chilled pomegranate juice, low-fat vanilla yogurt, and frozen mixed berries. Raise your glass to a happy and healthy new year!
FACT: In Spanish culture, it is tradition to eat 12 grapes at the stroke of midnight, one for each strike of the clock, and for each month of the New Year.