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New Year Lucky Foods Across The World

A Happy New Year to you

New year greetings from the foodstyling couple

Our cherished moments have visuals, sounds and often a taste anchored to it too. Close your eyes, and go back to a favourite birthday you hold precious. Feel the teeth sinking into that creamy cake. Ah blissful! the stuff our food memories are made up of.

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Our forefathers, knew about the importance of food in our lives. They have beautifully weaved in food, to all the important occasions of our lives. Here are some interesting culinary traditions across the world, for A HAPPY NEW YEAR celebrations.

Europe’s New Year Lucky Foods


1. Portugal

Eat twelve grapes at midnight.

They eat twelve grapes as the clock chimes twelve times for midnight, to symbolize prosperous twelve months of the new year. Incidentally, eating a dozen grapes before, the 12 chimes of a midnight clock strikes is not easy.
But this kid looks ready for 2018.

2. Greece

Smash a pomegranate on the floor. In Greece, when the new year turns, a pomegranate is smashed on the floor in front of the door to break it open and reveal seeds symbolizing prosperity and good fortune. The more seeds, the more luck.

Bake a coin into a cake

The 2nd Greek tradition on our list, this involves a special lemon-flavored cake called a vasilopita baked with coin inside. Whoever finds the coin gets a year of good luck. That, or a chipped tooth.

3. Germany

Pickled Herring

They sure do love their pickled fish in European countries like Germany, Poland, and Scandinavia. However, eating a plate of pickled herring when the clock strikes midnight is customary if you hope the coming year will be bountiful. The silver fish is thought to symbolize good fortune.

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     4. France

It’s also common to eat pancakes and ice cream in the morning on New Year’s Day

5. Italy


New Year’s revelers will nosh on bowls of green lentils with sausage in hopes of a year of prosperity. The lentils which swell when cooked are believed to symbolize coins or wealth.

Cotechino Con Lenticchie : Pic credit

North & South America’s New Year Lucky Foods

  6. America

Whip up a batch of Hoppin’ John

No, that’s just a silly astronaut hopping around. No his name is not John. Hoppin’ John is a dish of black-eyed peas and rice is customary for New Year’s Day in the American south where black-eyed peas are considered auspicious based on their resemblance to coins.

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On New Year’s Eve a side of cornbread with your meal is consumed to bring fortune. At Southern American tables, the bread’s golden-baked color is considered extra lucky as far as monetary success is concerned.

In Cuba, the pig is a well known emblem of progress and innovation. Not only do residents enjoy a variety of pork dishes, they also bake cookies and pastries shaped like the animal as a sign of “moving forward” into a new year.

7. Cuba

In Cuba, the pig is a well known emblem of progress and innovation. Not only do residents enjoy a variety of pork dishes they also bake cookies and pastries shaped like the animal as a sign of “moving forward” into a new year.

8. Mexico


In many families, groups of women gather together to make hundreds of the little packets — with each person in charge of one aspect of the cooking process — to hand out to friends, family and neighbours. On New Year’s, it’s often served with menudo, a tripe and hominy soup that is famously good for hangovers.

Good for hangovers

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Asian New Year Lucky Foods

9.  China


In China, fish and abundance go hand in hand. In fact, eating fish is considered good luck as long as the fish is served whole (with the head and tail still attached)—which symbolizes a prosperous year from “beginning to end.”

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10. Japan

Soba Noodles

Slurp soba noodles without breaking them. In Japan,long buckwheat noodles symbolize long life and are therefore lucky—but only if you eat them without chewing or breaking them.So get your slurping technique down like this guy.

11. The Philippines

In the Philippines, one important tradition is to make sure that there is food left on the table when the clock strikes midnight in the hopes that it will ensure a stocked pantry all year.

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12. India

Our nation of varied cultures has different new years.Ugadi the New Year day of Andhra and Karnataka. Ugadi Pachadi, a drink given in New year resembles 

the mixture of feelings in Life: 

Neem Buds/Flowers for Bitterness, Jaggery for Sweetness, Raw Mango for Sourness

Pachdi :Pic credit

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We, Food stylists wish you a Healthy, Prosperous and a Happy New Year.

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