As soon as you get over your food coma from eating so many Christmas treats, it’s time to get ready for another holiday! In the US, especially the South, it’s traditional to serve hog jowl (or ham hocks or just ham) along with black-eyed peas and your favorite greens to celebrate the New Year. It’s supposed to auger health and prosperity. But there’s no need to limit yourself to only what you’ve eaten before. You might want to look to other countries if you want to institute new food traditions for the holiday. Here’s a sampling:
In Spain, it’s customary to eat 12 grapes right at midnight on New Year’s Eve, representing good luck for each of the coming 12 months.
In Turkey, some smash pomegranates in the doorways of their homes. As the tradition goes, the number of seeds that fly out predict how much good fortune you’ll have in the coming year.
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