Call it good luck. Call it superstitious. Or call it just plain yummy.
Across the globe, people will be ringing in the new year in hopes to push out the bad and take in the good. According to www.delish.com, good luck can be found in the form of food. Here's just some of them...
Noodles - It's believed that if you eat this on New Year's Day, it'll bring you a long life. A tradition mostly found in Asia, it's not just considered good luck for the new year, but also your birthday.
Pork - In Austria, Cuba and Spain, it's believed pork is good luck, because when pigs look for food, they keep their feet planted on the ground and push their snout forward. This means progress and future prosperity.
Fish - Watch the way they move in water. Fish swim forward. Some in North America, Asia and Europe believe if you eat fish, you'll also move forward into the new year. Plus they symbolize abundance because they swim in schools.
Greens - It's the color of money. Eat kale, collards and cabbage, and it's believed you'll ring in the new year with wealth and prosperity.
Black-Eyed Peas - Commonly eaten in the southern part of the United States, black-eyed peas have a shape, and come in abudance that represent coins. Eat these and it just might bring prosperity.
Grapes - Before this sweet fruit is crushed to make wine, it can also be eaten to celebrate a sweet new year. It's a custom found in Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries. You should eat 12 grapes - one for every time the clock strikes or month in the new year.
Round Cakes and Breads - It's popular in many countries to eat round or ring-shaped cakes, pastries and breads. In Greece, families will bake cakes with a hidden good luck coin. Italians eat sweet pannetonne. In most of Spain, Mexico and other Spanish-speaking communities, you'll find the ring-shaped rosca de reyes cake (translated it means "the king's ring"). You'll also see it served on January 6th, known as Epiphany Day.
Now that you know what's on the menu for good luck, time to fill up the table and have a happy, healthy new year, and a prosperous 2011.