Lucky Foods this coming Chinese New Year
These coming 2018, these are the foods that makes you lucky in the entire year. New Years is often thought of as a time for renewed hope, and to focus on new goals and opportunities. Many cultures believe the key to a Happy New Year is beginning with New Year’s lucky foods.
Round fruits such as oranges and pomegranates are believed to also symbolize coins and bring a prosperous New Year. Mandarin oranges and tangerines are the most popular fruit in China on New Year’s because of their golden color and they are supposed to represent wealth and good luck.
Beans: Why eat black eyed peas or other beans on New Years? Eating beans on New Years is considered good luck. The theory is that because they swell as you cook them, that beans symbolize prosperity. Black eyed-peas are the most popular beans eaten on New Years, followed by green lentils. The lentils round shape is said to represent coins and green for the color of money.
Pork: If you eat meat, pick pork over chicken or beef on New Year day, because pigs dig with their snout, representing forward movement or progress, while chickens and turkeys scratch backward, and cows stand still (we all want to move forward, not backwards or stay in the same place in the New Year!)
Fish is a good choice as well since most swim forward, and the scales are believed to symbolize silver. Another theory is that since many fish swim in schools and lay lots of eggs at one time, it is a sign of abundance.
Noodles: Eat noodles for longevity. In China the New Year’s meal always includes noodles….remember, you need a big pot as you want to boil them whole so they are long. Japan has the same belief and serve long toshikoshi soba noodles on New Year’s Day.
Round Foods: These foods represent the year coming “full circle.” Donuts, cookies, cakes, pancakes, bagels, quiche, quesadillas and pizzas that are in the shape of a “ring” are said to symbolize the year coming full circle.
Grapes: Eat twelve grapes, one for each chime of a clock. This tradition supposedly started in 1909 by grape growers who wanted to cut down on a surplus of grapes. The grape ritual is said to guarantee sweetness and fortune in the year ahead.
Corn bread: Said to symbolize gold, cornbread is a popular New Years southern tradition. To ensure extra luck, some people add extra corn kernels, which are emblematic of golden nuggets.
Greens are said to “Show you the money!” Cooked collard, spinach, cabbage and kale are all said to represent paper money.
Champagne: Toast with champagne or prosecco. In some cultures they suggest you take 3 short hops without spilling your drink and then pour throw the champagne behind you to put all the bad stuff in the past. If your champagne lands on someone else – no problem as that is supposed to mean good lucky.
Grains: Rice, quinoa, risotto, barley and other starches symbolize abundance since they swell when cooked.
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