New Year's Day Food Traditions

Happy New Year! I gladly welcome 2016 and all the fashion, family, fun, and food that it may bring. Speaking of food, I have always wondered where the tradition of black eye peas on New Year's day originated. I did a bit of research and found the answer to that question and more food traditions for New Year's day. 

In Spain 12 grapes are eaten at midnight, one for every strike of the cloak at midnight. Each grape represents a different month. If any grape to be found to be particularly sweet or sour, it is said that the month corresponding with that grape will be good or bad for the eater. 

In many Asian countries, long noodles are eaten on New Year's Day in order to bring a long life. One catch: You can't break the noodle before it is all in your mouth.

Pomegranates represent good luck in Turkey. Their red color represents the human heart, life and fertility. The round seeds represent prosperity.

Green leafy veggies  including kale, collards, and cabbage are eaten on New Year’s Day because of their color and appearance, which resembles paper cash. Tradition states the more you eat, the more prosperous you will be. 

Black Eyed Peas
Considered good luck due to their penny-like appearance and abundance,  black eyed peas are a tradition in southern states in America.