In many countries, particularly those with extensive and in-depth food traditions, celebrating the New Year involves more than festive cocktails and finger-foods at midnight. The arrival of the New Year means munching on the specific foods that tradition tells you will bring you luck, love, and prosperity over the course of the rest of the year. There are a number of foods that will bring you luck in the New Year and eating them will start the year right. I don't know about you, but most years, I could use all the spare good luck I can get. And bonus if it comes from a tasty bite.
Spain, Italy, Cuba, Japan, and other countries has a tradition of eating foods that symbolize luck and prosperity in the New Year. These food traditions have also made their way to the United States, as families moved from elsewhere and resettled all across the country. Midwest Living noted that German, Polish, and Scandinavian food traditions are popular in much of the Midwest, because many families can trace their heritage to those countries. Cook up a full-day's worth of feasts, plus snacks of course, for a New Year's Day to remember — and a whole year full of luck, love, and prosperity.