New Year's Day Holiday Food Traditions

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  • Eat pork is will bring an abundant New Year.  Eating pork traditionally brings good luck and will make you prosperous. They symbolize whether you will have a great year because the significant amount of fat in pork meat. Eating ham or pork products for a richer New Year along with other foods on this list such as sauerkraut and ribs, pork roast, sauerkraut and black-eyed peas, or mix collard greens with bacon bits and a touch of bacon fat. These as well as other recipes is said to double
    your blessings.

  • Black-eyed Peas, not the band, or other legumes bring wealth.  Beans and peas have a rounded shape that symbolize what some cultures believe to be coins.  They swell when cooked and that is sign of wealth into the New Year. Eating legumes, peas or beans are great added to ham or other pork to increase luck, prosperity these on New Year’s symbolizes money growth in the coming year. You can add ham to these peas for a delicious double dose of good fortune.

  • Sauerkraut and ribs are tradition in many households on New Year’s Day. Sauerkraut and ribs are a time honored tradition that has brought much luck to our family.  Serve with a side dish of mashed potatoes or simmer a delicious pork roast with the sauerkraut. This meal you will want to try throughout the year to keep the good fortune coming.

  • Collard Greens means folded money and that means good fortune and a bonus in the future. Eating collards greens, spinach, or any cooked leafy green vegetable. It will secure personal good luck in the coming year.  

  • Cornbread brings in more money. This delicious golden cake represents gold or money.  The cornbread goes nicely with black-eyed peas and ham or mustard greens and ham. 

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