New Year's Foods from Around the World
Consumption of this fruit brings abundance and fertility in the new year.
Pop a grape into your mouth for each time the bell tolls once the clock strikes midnight.
The more strands in a bowl, the more prosperity the new year will bring.
Fish: Asia and Europe
Swimming ahead and never moving backward, fish symbolize hope.
Black-Eyed Peas and Collard Greens: The Southern United States
The legumes represent coins and the greens represent dollars — when served together, it’s a wish for prosperity.
Italians eat lentils for good fortune in the new year, as these legumes resemble coins.
The long strands symbolize a long life — eat the noodles without them breaking.
Pigs symbolize wealth and prosperity in many European countries, where they are enjoyed as sausages in Germany and pig's feet in Sweden.
Rosca de Reyes: Mexico
This ring-shaped cake is baked with a trinket or two inside and decorated with candied fruit. Finding the trinket in your slice means luck's coming your way.