New Year's Food Traditions
Eating noodles at midnight is customary at
Buddhist temples in Japan.
German/Pennsylvania Dutch tradition is to eat pork
and sauerkraut on New Year's day for good luck.
It is a Cuban tradition to eat 12
grapes at the stroke of midnight. The 12 grapes
signify the last twelve months of the year.
German folklore says that eating
herring at the stroke of midnight will bring luck
for the next year.
Eating pickled herring as the first
bite of the New Year brings good luck to those of
In the southern United States, it is
believed eating black eyed peas on New Year's eve
will bring luck for the coming year.
Also from the south comes the custom
of eating greens such as cabbage, collard greens,
mustard greens, kale or spinach to bring money.
One more from the Southerners:
eating cornbread will bring wealth.
The Southern custom of eating greens
can be found in other cultures as well, although
the cabbage can take many forms, such as
sauerkraut or even kimchee.
In the Philippines, it is important
to have food on the table at midnight in order to
insure an abundance of food in the upcoming year.
Boiled Cod is a New Year's Eve must
Olie Bollen a donut-like
fritter is popular in Holland for New Year.