Ringing in the New Year with a toast or a kiss at midnight is a global tradition, but different regions and cultures around the world have their own way to celebrate with food.  Many people are superstitious in believing what they eat will guarantee a successful new year. If you’re in Spain or celebrating Latin-American culture, you will be gulping 12 grapes at the stroke of midnight to ensure good luck in each month of the new year.  If you are in Italy or of Italian descent, you will likely get a ladle of lentils after midnight to beckon prosperity. Why lentils, you ask? It is because they have a coin shape.

All around the world, New Year’s Day meals are served up with heaping helpings of specific foods to signify everything from good luck to financial prosperity.  Ever wonder why folks in the Southern United States enjoy black-eyed peas and collard greens on January 1st? The black-eyed peas represent coins, and the greens signify cash.  This meal will definitely provide a healthy dose of vitamins and minerals, but the superstition also promises a year of prosperity.   Similarly, Germans and many Americans living in the northern states eat sauerkraut and pork on New Year’s Day to bring good luck and fortune in the upcoming year.  The belief is that the blessings will be as plentiful as the number of shreds of cabbage. Different traditions and variations span the globe, but good fortune appears to be the recurring theme.  

Whether you enjoy hot tamales in Mexico or Soba noodles in Japan, the team at Weight Success wishes you a Happy New Year!

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