In Spain, eating a grape with every stroke of the clock at midnight brings in good luck for the next year. In Greece, when the clock strikes 12, it is a tradition to smash a pomegranate on the floor for blessings and prosperity.
All over the world, there are different foods consumed at New Year’s Eve, known to bring good health, luck and wealth the following year. Since New Year is around the corner, this is the best time to decide your New Year Party menu to ensure all the popular and traditional foods form a part of your dinner table.
Other than that, of course, it’s going to be your last dinner of the year. It better be worth it. We’ve gathered some of the most delicious and healthy meals for New Year Eve:
1. Ring-Shaped Foods
Ring-shaped foods must be consumed during New Year eve to signify the year reaching completion. Opt for doughnuts and bagels for the New Year bash before you bid adieu to carbs the next year.
Similar to greens, beans signify money and riches. They particularly represent coins. Black beans, black-eyed peas, fiber-rich beans and lentils help your body soak all the champagne. Opt for one or more of the following recipes:
- Spinach Salad with Walnuts,
- Roasted Red Pepper, and
In a number of cultures, pork is considered to bring good luck in the coming year. It symbolizes the direction you want to be headed in the following year. Most people tend to skip chicken and turkey. That’s because these birds root backwards—not something you’d like when gearing for a fresh start.
If pork isn’t your thing, go for pig-shaped cookies, commonly found in German and Austrian New Year Parties. Now they’re making it to the US.
4. Whole Fish
This is yet another food that brings in good luck.
Traditionally forming part of the Asian New Year Party menu, whole fishes (with head and tail) are increasingly being consumed in the US. It is believed that whole fish brings luck from the starting of the New Year, to the end.
A primary reason why they’re supposedly loaded with luck is that their scaly skin resembles coins.
Moreover, fishes swim in the forward direction, representing progress and success.
5. Noodles and Grains
Long noodles are representative of long, healthy life. Moreover, complementing them with grains such as barley and rice is a great idea as they symbolize abundance. Slurp long noodles with grains for even better luck in the coming year. Try Teriyaki-Style Noodles with Tofu – you will not regret it.