Something to Think About

"I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love."
- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Lucky New Years Foods

My family has a gathering on every New Years Day for a meal of pork and sauerkraut. Sauerkraut is the traditional food to consume on that day for good luck for the new year in my corner of the world.

Over the weekend, I saw a segment on a morning news program highlighting another lucky food tradition.  It seems that in Spain - and other areas of the world with a Spanish influence - it is traditional to eat 12 grapes at midnight on New Years Eve - one for each month of the year.

There are many traditions of foods to eat to bring in the new year throughout the world!  Here in the US, German-influenced areas have sauerkraut but in the south I understand that collard greens and black-eyed peas are considered lucky!

I found an article on lucky foods that divides the foods into different categories:
  • Grapes
  • Greens -like the sauerkraut which is made from cabbage, collard greens or kale which is eaten in other parts of the world
  • Legumes -such as the black-eyed peas or lentils
  • Pork
  • Fish - there are traditions of eating cod, herring, shrimp or sardines
  • Cakes, pastries  - special cakes are made in Italy and Greece; doughnuts in the Netherlands, Poland and Hungary
The same article also mentions some foods that are considered unlucky to consume on New Years Eve or Day.  Check it out if you have time. I find it fascinating to read about the various rituals throughout the world!

What sorts of foods do you eat for luck on New Years Eve or Day?

No comments:

Post a Comment