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Top 5 Good Luck Foods for the New Year from Around the World

Travelers Today       By    TravelersToday Staff Reporter

Updated: Dec 30, 2013 04:49 PM EST

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Everyone loves a good food binge and New Year's Eve is no exception. Around the world, people gather together to prepare scrumptious feasts not only to enjoy them but also to make sure they welcome the year right.

Across countries, various good luck foods are made. Here are some of them.

1. Pork

Pork around the world is highly revered to bring good luck. Whether it's Portugal, Austria, Spain or Hungary, it symbolizes bountiful blessings for the New Year since pigs do not move backwards and they push their snouts forward when they look for food.

Over the years, the pork tradition has extended, with pig-shaped cookies and other delicacies made for the New Year's celebration.

2. Round Fruits

In the Philippines, round fruits are gathered as a centerpiece for the table during the New Year. The country sticks to 13 fruits, which is considered lucky in that side of the world. On the other hand, Europe opts for 12 round fruits, which represent the 12 months of the year.

Round fruits symbolize the same shape as coins, which connote prosperity as well as the fruits' sweetness that can help welcome the New Year with far from a bitter note.

3. Pickled Herring

In the Scandinavian Islands, Germany and Poland, pickled herring is believed to bring good luck because pickled herring exists in abundance in this side of the world. Moreover, the silver color of the fish resembles the color of coins, which is also widely believed to bring good fortune for the year to come.

4. Lentils

Lentils throughout the world is celebrated during New Year's Eve feasts because they are shaped much like small coins. In Italy, they prepare Cotechino con Lenticchie, which is green lentils served with sausages. Not only because they are shaped like coins because they are also green in color, symbolizing money.

In Hungary, lentils are also considered good luck and are commonly prepared as soup.

5. Greens

From kale to cabbage and collards, greens are widely prepared around the world because like lentils, they resemble the color of cash.

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