Even though I’m Southern, I’m not a superstitious person, which is almost enough to get my southern card revoked, however, on New Year’s Eve and Day, you’ll find me giving in to superstitions — I mean following family traditions involving certain foods.
Down here in the South if you happen to be at the grocery store on the afternoon of December 31st in the fresh produce section you’ll see people staring at empty shelves with wide eyes, panicked faces and a sheen of sweat on their foreheads. It doesn’t pay to wait until the last minute to get your lucky food fixins.
There’s something about January 1st that causes even the most cynical of people to give in to old wives tales and take bites of foods they normally wouldn’t allow to cross the threshold of their homes, much less pass their lips.
Whether you’re a dyed in the wool southerner who fears their ancestors turning over in their graves if you don’t have at least a bite of collard greens and blackeyed peas, or from another part of the world whose traditions/superstitions involve Soba Noodles or Grapes, here are 9 foods that are believed to bring good luck in the New Year if eaten on New Year’s Day.
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What are your New Year traditions, superstitions, must eat/drink or do? I’d love to hear them!