Many cultures have specific foods that are believed to bring good luck or symbolize various positive aspects of life. Here are some foods that are often associated with good luck in different parts of the world:
- Black-Eyed Peas: Black-eyed peas are often associated with coins or money because of their round shape and dark color. Eating them on New Year’s Day is believed to bring prosperity and financial luck in the coming year.
- Lentils: In Italy, eating lentils on New Year’s Eve is thought to bring good fortune and wealth because they resemble small coins.
- Greens: Leafy greens like collard greens, kale, or cabbage are “the color of money” and are often consumed with black-eyed peas in the South to symbolize wealth and financial prosperity. See our recipe here!
- Fish: In many cultures, fish is considered lucky because the word for fish sounds like the word for “abundance” or “surplus” in their language. For example, it’s considered lucky to eat fish during the Chinese New Year.
- Pomegranates: In Greek tradition, smashing a pomegranate on the floor during weddings or New Year’s is believed to bring good luck and many children.
- Noodles: In Chinese culture, long noodles are associated with longevity. During celebrations like birthdays or the Lunar New Year, eating unbroken noodles is considered lucky.
- Grapes: In Spain and some Latin American countries, it’s a tradition to eat 12 grapes at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve, with each grape representing a month of good luck for the coming year.
- Cabbage Rolls: In Eastern Europe, particularly in Poland, eating cabbage rolls on New Year’s is believed to bring good luck and prosperity.
- Round Fruits: In the Philippines, it’s customary to display 12 different round fruits on New Year’s Eve. The round shape symbolizes prosperity and luck for each month of the year.
- Rice Cakes: In Korean culture, tteok (rice cakes) are often consumed during the Lunar New Year. They symbolize family unity and prosperity.
- Cornbread: In the American South, cornbread is often associated with good luck. Some people even add whole corn kernels to the bread to symbolize gold.
- Cakes with Hidden Coins: In Greece, a coin is hidden in a New Year’s cake called “Vasilopita.” The person who finds the coin is said to have good luck for the year.
Enjoying these foods can be a fun way to celebrate cultural traditions and special occasions.