New Year — perfect time to hit the «reset» and start all over again. You can set yourself up for success by making a New Year's resolution or starting things off with an inspiring New Year's blessing. But if you're looking for other ways to ensure your 2024 is the best year yet, try serving one of these New Year's good luck dishes! That's right, one of our favorite things for the New Year — it is, especially when it means it could bring good luck in the coming year. Whether you're planning a New Year's Eve dinner or New Year's brunch, check out this list of ideas that symbolize prosperity, health, or happiness.
ContentBlack-eyed peasGreensOnionsChampagneRiceDonutsBread and butterPorkGrapesLentilsFishPomegranates
Of course, not everyone believes in New Year's superstitions, but that doesn't mean these delicious dishes aren't worth trying. Besides black-eyed peas, some cultures believe that grapes, pork or pomegranates can be considered lucky if eaten on New Year's Day, writes WomanEL. Be sure to choose several of these traditional New Year's dishes, and whatever you choose, just be sure to serve it with a glass of champagne and a New Year's toast.
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Legend has it that if you want to bring good luck in the new year, you need to eat 365 black-eyed peas on New Year's Day — one for every day of the year! You can also enjoy black-eyed peas, which are actually a type of bean, in a hearty vegetarian burrito or black-eyed pea dip loaded with cheese.
Black-eyed peas. Source: Oԁеѕа.consumer.gov.ua
It may seem obvious, but green cabbage — It is the color of paper money and is therefore believed to symbolize a prosperous year ahead. This is especially true when eaten with black-eyed peas (round like coins) and cornbread (gold-colored). Of course, you can also swap out the greens for any other leafy greens, such as kale, spinach or chard.
The Greek tradition of hanging a bag of onions on the door symbolizes growth and rebirth. It all started in ancient times, when people realized that onions would generate income. This was the main sign of good luck and fertility. So take some onions and use them in various recipes.
A bottle of champagne is often considered a symbol of luxury. In Europe, the use of champagne to celebrate special events dates back to the 16th century. What's another way to incorporate champagne into your New Year's traditions? Some people put gold jewelry in their glass of champagne to symbolize wealth. Or you could try jumping three times without spilling the champagne, then splashing it on your shoulder to symbolize letting go of the past year.
If you've ever seen rice being thrown at a wedding ceremony, you already know that it can be a symbol of prosperity and fertility. Enjoy it with beans (another symbol of good luck) for a hearty New Year's meal.
In the Netherlands they say that if you eat fried baked goods for the New Year, such as donuts, — it brings happiness. They are usually well sprinkled with powdered sugar on top.
Bread and Butter
According to an old Irish custom, the New Year is called Bread and Butter Day. The tradition of leaving a slice of bread and butter outside the door was a way to ward off hunger. Of course, you can always make this tradition your own by baking a batch of fresh Irish soda bread for New Year's brunch.
Need some inspiration this year? Take a cue from pigs, who are known to push forward when they eat. (And we want to move forward, not backward, in the new year.) This is just one reason why pork is considered lucky for the New Year. Another reason: Because pork is so fatty and filling, it can symbolize wealth. Try a quick and crispy air fryer pork chop or savory shredded pork served on sandwich buns.
Here's a fun New Year's tradition: as soon as the clock strikes midnight, eat 12 grapes. In Spain and Mexico, this symbolizes the 12 months of the year.
Like black-eyed peas, lentils are a type of legume that looks like small coins. They are commonly eaten in Italy (and other countries) on New Year's Day to bring good luck and wealth. Red lentil hummus makes a great New Year's snack.
Depending on the culture or country, fish is eaten on New Year's Day for various reasons: it can be considered a symbol of prosperity, since the fish swim in large schools, and is a sign of good luck due to its shiny scales. In any case, you can’t go wrong by preparing fish for your holiday table.
Pomegranate seeds add a touch of color and flavor to festive New Year's cocktails, but they will also bring fertility and life to those who eat them . At least according to some people from Turkey, Greece and the Mediterranean. Also add soft gingerbread cookies to your menu for Christmas and New Year 2024.
In any case, believe that your next year will be successful, and then it will be!