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New Year’s Food Traditions for Luck in 2012


Around the world people will be celebrating New Year’s Eve tonight, and it is often a tradition to eat certain foods on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day to bring good luck in the New Year. For 2012 try these traditional foods and see if it brings the luck dragon your way.
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  • Black-Eyed Peas 1 of 7
    Black-Eyed Peas
    Black-eyed peas are often eaten on New Year's Day to bring prosperity and good fortune and luck in the coming year. The tradition is said to date back to the Civil War, when black-eyed peas were a major food source for the Confederate Army.
    Hoppin' John via She Wears Many Hats by way of Family Kitchen
  • Whiskey and Shortbread 2 of 7
    Whiskey and Shortbread
    "First-footing" is a Scottish tradition where people visit friends at the New Year, being the first foot to cross their friend's doorstep in the New Year. To bring good luck, the first-footer brings a gift of whiskey and shortbread.
    Millionaire's Shortbread via Family Kitchen
  • Grapes 3 of 7
    Grapes
    In Spain, grapes are often eaten immediately after midnight, 12 of them. Each grape represents a month. Sweet grapes are thought to be good omens, while sour ones signal less lucky months ahead.
    Champagne and Grapes via Martha Steward
  • Oliebollen 4 of 7
    Oliebollen
    These Dutch donuts are said to be eaten during Yule to protect people from the Germanic goddess Perchta, who would fly through the sky. The oil from the donut was supposed to grease you so that her sword would slide right off.
    Oliebollen via Almost Bourdain
  • Valisopita 5 of 7
    Valisopita
    This bread is often eaten on New Year's Day in Greece. The person who gets the quarter in their piece has good luck for the year!
    Valisopita via All Recipes
  • Noodles 6 of 7
    Noodles
    In Asian countries, eating long noodles is supposed to signify long life. Don't break or cut the noodles until they're in your mouth, though.
    Soba Noodles via Family Kitchen
  • Lentils and Pork 7 of 7
    Lentils and Pork
    In Europe wild boars were killed on the first day of the year and are now thought of as traditional New Year's food. Lentils are considered to be a sign of wealth in Italy, as their round shape looks like a coin.
    Sausage and Lentil Soup via Family Kitchen

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