I knew the one about noodles (a long life and all that) but I hadn't heard these other superstitious - and delicious! - ways to ring in a lucky new year, until I spotted this story on Honest Cooking which I thought I'd share. I kinda love the idea of a creating a superstitious menu for a NYE party... but frankly, I'll probably be on the couch at the stroke of midnight. Wait, do chocolate covered pretzels count?!
Spanish tradition is to eat twelve grapes at the stroke of midnight, one for each month of good luck. Some even make twelve wishes, one wish on each grape.
Enjoying black eyed peas on New Year’s Eve, a tradition rooted in the U.S. South, brings good fortune and prosperity all year long. It is also believed that since the peas grow when cooked, those who enjoy them on New Year’s Eve will also grow in spirit.
For another delicious and lucky accompaniment to black eyed peas, try greens, especially kale and collards. Greens resemble dollar bills, and are believed to bring wealth in the new year.
Pigs root forward into the ground, so those who enjoy pork for dinner rather than poultry or beef will move ahead in the new year with great success. As a rich food, pork also signifies abundance, bringing vibes of plenty to your celebration.
Indulge in all the ring shaped desserts you like, for they encourage “coming full circle,” in life’s endeavors. Cultures around the world boast their own special circular pastries for New Year’s Eve. Some even bake a coin inside the cake. The person to receive the piece with a baked-in surprise is expected to experience the best luck of the year.