Five Food Traditions to Ring In the New Year

Categories: Food, Food Facts
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While mentions of food around New Year's are often limited to diatribes about holiday overindulgence and plans to forego various edibles in the coming year - food also plays a pivotal role in the cultural introduction of a dawning year.

Various countries and cultures around the world have specific food traditions designed to ring in the new year. So if you're looking for a tasty way to celebrate 2013 that stays true to your heritage, here are some options. May your new year be eternally delicious!

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In the southern half of the U.S., eaters insure a prosperous new year by noshing on a mix of black-eyed peas, rice, onion and bacon. Peas are said to represent coins, and sometimes, a coin is actually sometimes added to the pot (ew) or left under the bowl. Various greens (since they're the color of money) can also be added to the lot. Collard are the most popular.


As the clock rings out 12 times at midnight on New Year's Eve, Spanish tradition says to eat one grape per clang. The ritual is believed to bring good luck - and potentially ward off evil. While the tradition was said to originate in Spain in the early 1900s (in response to a grape surplus) -- it's since spread to other Latin countries as well.

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