Feeling Lucky, Punk? 5 New Years Day foods that can help.
Updated: Jan 8
Lucky foods on New Years Day is somewhat of an urban legend. It can also be a lot of fun to do with your family, maybe start a new tradition? Here are what some say are the 5 luckiest foods to eat on New Years Day.
#1 Black Eyed Peas
Eating Black-eyed peas on New Years Day is supposed to symbolize health and wealth in some cultures. If this was true then I should be on Rodeo Doctor baby! The cook in my college cafeteria thought everything was better with black-eyed peas on it. They didn't tell me that before we got the meal plan. Eating Black-eyed peas with greens and stewed tomatoes represents dollars and has monetary value. I mean, seriously? Well at least it‘s good for you. Zo, if your resolution was to eat better, well, there it is.
Did anyone else know this? Grapes are supposed to be lucky to eat and have ESP or something? I don't know about all that, I do like a good grape salad though. Pecans, grapes, some yogurt or whipped cream, I can mess with that. Legend has it that the Spaniards in the 1900's would eat 12 grapes on New Years Day, one for each month. If one was sour it signified a bad month. I think the whole bunch was bad leading into 2020.
The Japanese have symbolic reasons for consuming fish on New Years Day. I have reasons for not consuming the same types of fish...haha. Herring roe is consumed for fertility, dried sardines are eaten to bring a good harvest (they are also used for fertilizing rice fields, EW! So they essentially are eating fertilizer) and finally, the one I will roll with, is Shrimp. Eating Shrimp is supposed to help with long life and I can definitely roll with shrimp and long life, so I'm in!
#4 Cooked greens
Want to be rich? Well then according to lore you should eat your greens. Collard greens, cabbage, kale and chard are consumed all over to bring luck with finances. Also, it is said that the more you eat on New Years Day, the wealthier you will be. So, if you believe in that, then you can be rich and constipated.
#5 Pork and Sauerkraut
Different cultures claim the pork and sauerkraut tradition. The Pennsylvania Dutch say this dish on New Years Day brings luck, the kraut representing luck and the pig bringing in the new year. German culture reiterates the same, believing the dish brings good luck (viel glück in German), the amount of shreds in the sauerkraut would symbolize many riches... Hmmmm, I love me some sauerkraut, show me the money!!!
So wolf down some delicious black-eyed peas, crack open a can of kraut, munch on some dried sardines, dodge the sour grapes and watch the money roll in for 2021, Happy New Years everyone.
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