Want a Better 2013? Five Good Luck Foods for New Year's
Fish in its many prepared incarnations--whole, dried, boiled, pickled, roe--is a popular good luck food across the world. In China the word for "fish" has a similar pronunciation to "abundance." The Japanese eat a variety of different seafoods for luck--big surprise. In Europe, cod has been the feast food of choice since the Middle Ages due to its ability to be transported and preserved. In Poland and Germany, herring is consumed at midnight--and it's pickling liquid most likely used to cure the following days hangover. The forward moving creatures are meant to symbolize moving ahead. Make sure to stay away from lobster, due to their backward movement, they are thought to bring setbacks. Hey, a New Year's sushi platter--sans lobster--sure isn't going to hurt.
Noodles are amazing every day of the year, but on New Year's they are meant to signify longevity. They are eaten on New Year's day in many Asian cultures. However, the noodles cannot be broken or shortened before they enter your mouth. Typically prepared in a stir-fry or even a soba noodle soup, this is the one occasion in which it is perfectly fine to slurp up your food. If you're trying out this tradition at a party, we suggest wearing a bib.
Pork and, well, its fat are kind of in right now anyway, but many cultures have long-standing traditions with consuming all things of the porcine persuasion. Whether its the animal itself or pig-shaped cookies, candies, or whatever else can be dreamed of, these foods are intended to symbolize progress and prosperity. This may be due to their forward movement--you might want to ask a pig-farmer if they can move backwards--their feeding habits, or their high fat-content. Either way, from Latin America to Europe, they are said to be good luck. Besides, who doesn't love a nice New Year's sausage?
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