12 Ways to Start the New Year with Good Luck

OK. 2020 was pretty dismal with the Coronavirus. Everyone is looking forward to 2021 hoping the vaccines work, people stop getting sick and returning back to a sense of pre-2020 normal. Many take advantage New Year’s Day to celebrate by eating foods thought to bring good luck and fortune in the new year.

We looked around to see what foods are generally eaten on the first day of a New Year. Maybe you can incorporate some of these into your meal plans on January 1. We need all the luck we can get next year.

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United States – In the South, many consume black-eyed peas, pork with rice for good luck. In upstate New York, they take turns smashing a bright pink Peppermint Pig. Everyone eats a small piece of what they broke off. The pig is passed around to share in good fortune.

Japan – Eat Soba noodles right before midnight, specifically Toshikoshi Soba. When you bite into the noodles and cut them, it symbolizes the letting go of last year and starting fresh in the new year.

Netherlands – These are Dutch donuts filled with raisins and topped with powdered sugar. There’s a bizarre story behind them that you can read here.

Spain – This might be tough. Eat 12 grapes in the 12 seconds before midnight. Completing this task should bring you good luck. Failing the task means bad luck. Yikes!

India & Pakistan – Eating rice promises prosperity.

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Colombia – Take three poatotes, peel one all the way, peel another one half way then leave the last potato unpeeled. Place all three under your bed. At midnight pull one out without looking. Pulling out the unpeeled potato means good fortune in the year. Picking the peeled potato means trouble in the money department. Grabbing the half-peeled potato means a mix of good and bad.

Greece – Hang an onion on your front door on New Year’s Eve. If you have kids, take the onion the next morning and gently tap the onion on their head to wake them up. They also take pomegranates and smash them against their front door. The more seeds that end up on the ground, the better the luck.

Ireland – Grab a loaf of bread with a strong crust on it. Then bang it against the walls. They believe the noise chases away bad luck and evil spirits. You can bake some Dill Irish Soda Bread ahead of time.

Other New Year Celebrations

For the Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah is on September 6, 2021), the traditional treat are apples dipped in honey.

When it comes to the Chinese New Year (Friday, February 21, 2021) people feast on fish, dumplings, rice cakes, longevity noodles and good fortune fruit like oranges and tangerines.

We wish you the best of luck in the new year!