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New Year’s Eve Food Traditions

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I know.  Christmas isn’t even over yet.  But right on the heals of Christmas comes New Year’s Eve one week later.  (Time to get planning for the final of the BIG holidays!)  Did you know that in most cultures there are foods that are to be eaten on either New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day for luck and prosperity in the coming year?  I knew that in the Southern US, it was good luck to eat black-eyed peas, but other than that, I had no idea there were other New Year’s Eve food traditions.  So, I thought I’d share a few of the fun foods from around the world that are said to bring good luck in the new year.

Hoppin’ Johns – Southern US

Hoppin Johns is a Southern New Year's Eve Food Tradition
Southern Living: Hoppin’ John

Vasilopita (Almond Yeast Cake) – Greece

Vasilopita Cake is a Greek dish served for New Year's

Tamales – Mexico

Tamales for New Year's Eve

Soba Noodles – Japan

Soba Noodles

12 Lucky Grapes – Spain

12 Grapes

Lentils – Italy


Pickled Herring – Scandinavian Countries and Poland

Pickled Herring

Pork with Sauerkraut – Germany

Pork with Sauerkraut is a German dish popular for New Year's Eve

Soft Pretzels – Germany

Soft Pretzels are delicious any time of year
Gourmet Soft Pretzels Awesome Homemade Soft Pretzels Recipe

Tteoguk (Soup) – Korea

Tteoguk Soup is served in Korea as a New Year's Eve Food tradition

Kuku Sabzi (Egg and Herb Frittata) – Iran

Kuku Sabzi is served in Iran for New Year's

Tang Yuan (Dumpling) – China

Tang Yuan Dumplings are served in China for New Year's

Raw Eggs – El Salvador

Raw Eggs
Broken egg

Suckling Pig – Austria

Suckling Pig

Pomegranate – Turkey


Beans (any type) – Argentina


Rice Pudding – Sweden

Rice Pudding is a New Year's Eve Food Tradition in Sweden

Apples – Wales


Onions – Greece


Whiskey – Scotland


Mandarin Oranges – China

Mandarin Oranges are New Year's Eve Food Traditions in China

So, no matter where your family hails from, where you call home, or what you believe will bring you luck and prosperity in 2023, I hope you have a happy, healthy, and safe New Year!

Here’s to New Year’s Eve Food Traditions that bring luck and prosperity in 2023 and RESETTING your life!


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