New year, new you; that’s the motto, right?
Every New Year’s we make resolutions, resolutions to grow and better ourselves but it isn’t until the next New Year’s rolls around that we acknowledge most of last year’s resolutions were never actually met. This year, however, we are determined to carry out our New Year’s resolutions.
Whether your resolution for the upcoming year is to actually make it to the gym, rather than lie to yourself and say you’ll go tomorrow, or end a toxic relationship in order to start something new with the hunk you’ve been crushing on for the last six months, New Year’s is a time for change and new beginnings.
Regardless of what you believe in, being a little superstitious never hurt anyone, so why leave the upcoming year’s events up to fate when you have an excuse to eat your way to happiness and good fortune?
Throughout the world, different cultures believe that eating different foods will bring you luck in the new year and while not every culture has the exact same beliefs, there are many similarities among the foods they consume for luck and prosperity.
Whether this newfound knowledge drives you to eat one or all of these foods (let’s be honest, you’re more likely to eat them all), we hope they bring you the luck and happiness you deserve in the upcoming year.
Let Them Eat Cake:
It’s said that cakes and other round desserts bring luck in the new year. The round shape represents your luck coming full circle, so why turn down cake when you actually have a legitimate reason to stuff your face with it?
This Little Piggy Was Lucky:
Pork is another food that’s traditionally eaten on New Year’s. What’s the reason behind this you may ask? Pigs symbolize progress, which is exactly what we all want for ourselves this upcoming year. Don’t hesitate this year, be a pig!
12 Grapes A Day Keeps the Doctor Away:
It’s considered lucky to consume 12 grapes when the clock hits midnight. Each grape represents a different month and the goal is to consume all of the grapes before the last stroke of the clock. Who needs a midnight kiss when you have midnight grapes?
Just as these three foods are supposed to bring you a happy and prosperous new year, there are certain foods that are said to do the exact opposite.
Let the Lobster Run Away:
It’s said that you’re supposed to avoid lobsters since they walk backwards, which could represent a personal setback for the new year and let’s be honest, that’s the last thing anyone needs.
Just This Once, Be A Chicken:
Just as lobsters walk backwards, chickens scratch backwards, which could lead to regret, in addition to personal setback and I think it’s safe to say no one wants to regret more than they already do.
Winged Fowl is Foul:
If it has wings, it can fly away. That being said, avoiding winged fowl is the only way to guarantee the good luck you desperately need won’t fly away.
Every culture and person believes something different but I, for one, am not taking chances with my luck this new year. If anyone wants to find me on December 31, I will be in my happy place, surrounded by food.