While the New Year holiday really doesn’t signal anything more significant than a new calendar, it’s a symbolic time of reset and renewal, of looking back and looking forward, like the two-faced Roman god Janus, for which January is named. As such, there are plenty of superstitions connected with the New Year holiday. Many of these involve food! In my neck of the woods, hog jowl, black-eyed peas, and cooked greens are served for luck in the new year, but I alter that to pork chops, black-eyed peas, and broccoli. Each dish represents something good that will happen if you eat it. There are plenty of other food superstitions from all over the globe associated with good fortune for the new year. If we call them traditions instead of superstitions, we can just enjoy them for what they are. Read about eleven traditional good luck dishes for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day and what each is supposed to mean at Thrillist.
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