For centuries, people all over the world have noshed on certain foods thought to bring good luck in the new year.
In Spain, New Years Eve (Dec. 31) revelers eat 12 grapes at the stroke of midnight.
In the southern United States, black eyed peas are usually eaten on New Years Day to signify wealth and abundance.
Pigs are considered lucky in various parts of the world, so many New Years dishes contain pork.
Italians ring in the new year with fatty sausages, hoping their wallets become just as fat.
Greens like kale, cabbage, and collards look like folded money when cooked, so theyre eaten for wealth.
In Japan, they eat herring for fertility and shrimp for a long life, while in Poland, they munch on lucky donuts.
Lobster is typically avoided worldwide on New Years because the crustaceans walk backwards, prompting setbacks.
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