Everyone goes into a new year wondering if it will be better than the previous one. You might be hoping for improved health, career advancement, or luck in love. The thing that most people would like the new year to bring is financial prosperity. These wishes are the reason supermarkets supplement their stocks of certain foods before New Year’s Eve.
There are several longstanding superstitions from all over the world about what to eat and, likewise, what not to eat on the cusp of a new year. Some foods are supposed to bring luck and wealth. Others might set you back. My mother always says eating a bird on New Year’s Eve will cause your luck to fly away. Sorry, Chick-fil-A.
Here’s a shopping list that, depending on your level of faith, might increase your odds of having a lucky and prosperous 2020:
- Black Eyed Peas: Southern go-to for good fortune and wealth.
- Collard greens/Cabbage: These leafy vegetables represent paper money.
- Cornbread: Doesn’t it make you think of gold?
- Fish: Their scales are symbolic of coins.
- Grapes: Spaniards eat 12 lucky grapes at midnight, one for each month of the new year.
- Lentils: They represent coins so pile them high
- Oranges: The Chinese eat them for prosperity and joy.
- Pomegranate: Mediterranean cultures associate the seeds with abundance and fertility.
- Pork: A plump pig has traditionally meant luxury and wealth. Also, pigs move forward when they eat and that represents progress.
- Soba noodles: Slurp, don’t bite! The Japanese believe the longer the noodle, the longer your life.