Good Luck Food for the New Year

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As we all know food is good for our appetite, body, and soul! Now let us look of how food can help us on our endeavors into the new year.

Long Noodles

It's customary to eat long noodles, they signify longevity on New Year's Day. Since the noodles are never to be broken or shortened during the cooking process and the typical preparation for "Long - Life Noodles" is a stir - fry.

Pork

Pigs symbolize progess. Some say it's because these animals never move backward, while others believe it's all in their feeding habits.

Round Fruits

Through the number of pieces varies by region, eating any round fruit is a common New Year's tradition. In the Philippines, the custom calls for 13. It is considered a lucky number; in Europe and the US., it calls for 12 which represents the months in a year. In both cases, their shape, which looks like a coin, and their sweetness are the common denominators.

Pomegrante

Pomagranates represent good luck in Turkey for many reasons: Their red color, which represents the human heart, denotes life and fertility; their medical properties represent health; and their abundant, round seeds represent prosperity. Which are all the things everyone hopes for in any fresh start.

Greens

From the coastal American South to Europe, people eat green leafy veggies including kale, collards, and cabbage. This is on New Year's Day because of their color and appearance, which resembles paper cash. Belief has it, the more you eat, the more prosperous you'll be (and healthier, too!).

Beans

Considered good luck due to their penny - like appearance and abundance, these peas, enjoyed in the southern United States, are traditionally served in a dish called Hoppin' John. On the day after New Year's Day, leftover "Hoppin' John" becomes "Skippin' Jenny," meant to demonstrate frugality and promote prosperity in the new year.