9 Foods Meant to Bring You Good Luck in the New Year

It’s time to go out with the old and in with the new, and in 2023 we need whatever is new to be as positive as possible.

9 Foods Meant to Bring You Good Luck in the New Year

Fish is a lucky dish in many cultures, symbolizing abundance and fertility. Pickled fish in particular is a New Year’s Eve treat in Germany, Poland, and Scandinavia, traditionally consumed right at the stroke of midnight to bring about prosperity and bounty.


Both black-eyed peas and collard greens are Southern foods that symbolize wealth, with the peas representing coins and the greens representing paper dollars.

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The tradition of eating 12 grapes at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve started in Spain, and according to lore it was pushed by grape farmers who were simply trying to get rid of surplus from their harvest.


The tradition was started during the Chinese celebration of Lunar New Year and has since been adopted by other cultures.


Another lucky food with origins in Lunar New Year tradition is the orange. The Chinese word for orange sounds like “wealth,” and the spherical shape symbolizes that wealth rolling in when the new year comes.


In the states, the German tradition of eating a pretzel is most closely followed in the Pittsburgh area. On a purely aesthetic level, the pretzel’s intricate braiding is meant to represent the passage of time, indicating a long and winding life.


This Irish tradition is another that lets you channel some aggression: bake a loaf of bread, then bang it as hard as you can against your walls and doors to scare off any evil spirits.


We recently discovered that the Lemon Pig wasn’t originally a harbinger of good fortune, but rather a cheap craft for kids.

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