We all know the “proper” drink for New Year’s is champagne- a toast at midnight and then mimosas for brunch. What you eat for New Year’s is also important. Different cultures around the world have traditions surrounding foods to eat on New Year’s Day for health and wealth. You can certainly try to eat all of these in one day, or you can pick and choose based on what your goals are for the coming year.

  • Black eyed peas, greens, cornbread– When you eat these things together, they symbolize pennies, dollars, and gold coming to you. Greens alone symbolize money and are supposed to ward off evil spirits.
  • Cabbage– Known to symbolize money, the strands also represent long life
  • Cake– If you bake a coin into the cake, it brings good luck to whomever gets the piece with it inside. A round cake also represents the circle of life.
  • Fish– Although different cultures eat different fish on New Year’s, they generally agree that fish brings abundance
  • Grapes- Eating 12 grapes at midnight is said to bring 12 months of good luck
  • Lentils- Round like coins, lentils are said to bring prosperity and good luck
  • Noodles– Long noodles bring longevity, especially if you can eat them without breaking them in half
  • Oranges and honey– These sweet treats bring good fortune, wealth, and money
  • Pomegranate– Considered a symbol of fertility throughout the world, you can also throw a pomegranate across the floor, releasing a sea of seeds for fertility, life, and abundance
  • Pork– Pork is believed to inspire progress throughout the year because pigs move forward when they forage
  • Rice– Rice is a symbol of both fertility and wealth.

Luckily, champagne pairs well with a variety of food because of its high acidity, so feel free to pop open a bottle of bubbly and drink it with whichever food you decide is your lucky one.