Traditional New Year Foods
Even though food traditions keep varying with culture, there are striking similarities among the traditional New Year foods that are consumed across the globe. The New Year traditional foods are expected to bring good luck and prosperity. Many cultures also believe that consuming any food which is ring-shaped will add to their good luck, as rings are symbols of full circles, which means the completion of the circle of a year.
New Year Food Traditions
There are six major categories of foods, which are thought to bring luck - grapes, greens, fish, pork, legumes, and cakes. Most of the people in the U.S. welcome the New Year with black-eyed peas and greens.
The black-eyed peas are typically cooked with pork and onions. This is then served with a hot chili sauce or peppery vinegar. The peas swell when they are cooked, that is the reflection of enriched prosperity. Pork is used in the traditional New Year dinner as pigs move forward when foraging, which symbolizes positive movement.
The traditional New Year meal also consists of collard, turnip, or mustard greens, and ham. Greens symbolize money. Cabbage is also used by many as the leaves of this plant are considered representatives of paper currencies.
Look at the various popular New Year traditional foods.
Top 5 Popular Traditional New Year Foods
One popular dish made with black-eyed peas is Hoppin’ John. This dish is a mixture of black-eyed peas, rice, and bacon or ham hock. As mentioned earlier, peas are thought to invoke prosperity. Many people even throw a dime into the cooking pot while cooking peas. People believe that the person who gets this dime while dining will be bestowed with added good luck and prosperity during the year.
Cooked greens, such as cabbage, collards, kale, and chard, are included in a New Year meal for a simple reason - the green leaves resemble folded money. Thus, they symbolize the hidden economic boom in them. Easy collard greens and coleslaw are two of the most popular ways of including greens in your New Year dinner.
This is one New Year food, which is hard to give a miss. Made by beating eggs, sugar, heavy cream, and milk into a frothy mixture, this dish is best refrigerated for 5 to 10 days to get the flavors somewhat mellowed and served with vanilla ice cream and nutmeg garnish.
There can be no festive celebration without a special, lucky cake. Cake is served to glorify the New Year. Sometimes a coin is hidden inside the cake before baking and the person who gets the coin is believed to receive extra luck. While lemon flavored cake is a popular choice of the season, many prefer to choose the traditional fruitcakes.
One of the most august of the New Year’s traditions is the Champaign toast at midnight to welcome the New Year. Champagne reflects the prosperity and good luck the New Year has in store.
So if you too, want wealth and prosperity for this New Year, then follow your peers and dine on the traditional New Year foods.