What Do You Eat on New Year’s?

December 25, 2008 | By | Comments (7)

When asked this question, most people might say a same-old champagne toast and a kiss from a loved one  (or the nearest stranger). This summer I had the opportunity to stand in the Plaza del Sol in Madrid, Spain where every year on New Year’s Eve a tradition occurs: eating grapes. At the stroke of midnight, each time the clock bell tolls, revelers eat a grape. 12 seconds, 12 grapes. Doing so is believed to bring forth good luck and a great harvest in the upcoming year.

My family, being from the South, always eats a variation of the same menu: a cut of pork, collard greens, black eyed peas and cornbread. Each element of the meal is  believed to have a positive effect on the year to come. The pork, pigs known for being fat, represents plenty. The collard greens (green = money) represent  wealth. Black eyed peas or Hoppin’ Johns are for good luck and prosperity. The cornbread, well, that’s just for good measure.  Our Black-Eyed Pea Posole is a great Mexican variation on the traditional Southern New Year’s dinner.

So now that you know what I have for New Year’s dinner, I’d like to know: What do you and your family eat. Do you have any special traditions or quirky superstitions?


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  5. pakhot

    this is a nice post, i like this.
    now i am waiting for new year first day, because i will try this first day of new year.

    December 13, 2010 at 2:40 am
  6. JasonB

    This sounds like a great dish. I can’t wait to try it.
    We always make a big pot of hoppin’ John and a pan of cornbread on New Year’s Day.

    January 8, 2009 at 12:38 am
  7. Stacy Guthrie, myweddingfilm

    hum…. I’ve never thought of having a traditional or in that case nontraditional new years eve meal. I might have to come up with one for my kids. Great idea SaBrina!

    January 2, 2009 at 11:24 pm

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