• My Wife and I were discussing the superstitions and traditions around New Years Day, eating different things to bring good luck.

    Asked by GregP_WN on Wednesday, December 30, 2015

    My Wife and I were discussing the superstitions and traditions around New Years Day, eating different things to bring good luck.

    I said once that it hasn't done any good so far doing those things, and she asked how did I know? So, maybe it has done some good, I could have been far worse off than I have been during the last few years. But on the other hand I didn't win the lottery and nobody gave me a new car just because they liked me or anything like that. Have you ever wondered if you were actually experiencing good luck or not? I guess one person's bad luck could be another person's good luck?

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    • Sue_2015's Avatar
      Sue_2015

      I was raised to eat pork, sauerkraut and peas on New Years. I can't remember ever NOT having it, because it's something we just do lol. I never questioned it because my gramma was a very wise, intelligent woman and whatever she said, I believed. (Along with lot's of other superstitions that are supposed to prevent bad luck or give good luck, etc. that I learned from family.)

      I've never really given it much thought as the years go bye, whether or not they hold true. Like you say, not sure if I've had good luck or not, I could have been worse off, who knows? There's no way to really know.

      over 5 years ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      Well, I definitely do not believe that eating certain foods on New Year's Day affect your luck. BUT, we will be eating ham and black-eyed peas on New Year's Day anyway!!

      over 5 years ago
    • TXHills' Avatar
      TXHills

      I don't believe in luck, per se. But we tend to see what we are expecting. If you feel happy and relaxed and "lucky", you are more likely to notice and appreciate good things when they come your way, which they always do. It's a bit of a self-fulfilling prophecy, I guess. So, grab your good luck totems, eat some lucky food and have a super year!

      over 5 years ago
    • Lynne-I-Am's Avatar
      Lynne-I-Am

      Gee whiz, never heard of eating different things for good luck in the New Year. Would like to hear more on this. Figure I fall somewhere In the upper level on the Luckimeter. I have much to be grateful for . Think many times we make our own luck with a positive attitude, good work ethic and making the right decisions. Do believe one persons bad luck could be someone else's good luck. This happens to me when I occasionally travel to Reno. Usualiy empty pockets for me, but lucky for someone else. Happy New Year ALL!

      over 5 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar
      CAS1

      Eating chocklate cake with chocklate frosting brings luck anytime you eat it....Haaaa..just kidding.
      I absolutely do Not beleive in luck because it's not in the Christian faith but I do beleive in what you put out comes back to you. .if you are grateful then you attack gratitude. Positive energy comes from good thoughts and beliefs so if you can stay hopeful and have gratitude then you are truly lucky and blessed..

      over 5 years ago
    • Sue_2015's Avatar
      Sue_2015

      Lynne,
      Here's some of what I know about it...and it all depends on which part of the country or where you are from....They say eating pork is good luck moving forward because pigs are always rooting for food in a forward-moving position etc. so we want to move forward into a new year. (As opposed to chickens, for example,-- never eat chicken or any poultry on New Year's because chickens scratch for food backwards and in the dirt, thus might bring poverty! Cows stand still, so no beef. Not sure if it makes sense lol lol)

      Peas supposedly, symbolize money. The more peas you eat, the more money you'll have, ha ha.

      Sauerkraut, a German tradition (and some of us from PA do follow traditions from several countries), also has to do with wishing as much wealth and happiness as all those shredded bits of cabbage.

      I've always thought of these things with a smile and it helps to have a good sense of humor lol.

      over 5 years ago
    • Lynne-I-Am's Avatar
      Lynne-I-Am

      Thank you Sue. I do have a German ancestry but never heard any of this. Interestingly I bought a jar of Sauerkraut while grocery shopping the other day. Have not bought any in years, just happened to see it and know it is healthy. No one else likes it in th family. Have eliminated beef and pork from my diet eating only chicken, fish and turkey. Do not want poverty so guess it is fish, sauerkraut, and lots of peas for my New Year feast, lol.

      over 5 years ago
    • Lynne-I-Am's Avatar
      Lynne-I-Am

      Rethinking that fish, really do not care for fish. Will go all vegetarian to start my new year. If any others have stories about why they traditionally eat the same foods for the start of the New Year, please share.

      over 5 years ago
    • Ejourneys' Avatar
      Ejourneys

      I never knew about superstitions surrounding food eaten on New Year's Day. This is fascinating to me.

      over 5 years ago
    • Veronique's Avatar
      Veronique

      From where I a from we don't believe in lucky foods or things but we do celebrate twice on New Year's Eve we do a reveillon where we eat very late just in time to blow up champagne at midnight with dessert but New Year's Day we always have another huge meal with family . We eat a special cake made with puff pastry and frangipane with an hidden little "statue" in it who ever gets it gets the king hat and be king for the day it is called a galette des rois or kings cake yum! For New Year's Eve a bottle of very cold Dom champagne and we always say bonne anne bonne sante which means Good year and good health.but no superstitions never heard about that before

      over 5 years ago
    • zcaveman's Avatar
      zcaveman

      My mother always made a pot of black-eyed peas and hog jowls. I switched to ham hocks when I grew up. My wife is not a lover of black-eyed peas so I quit making a big batch and now settle for a can from the super market. But I have always have my black-eyed peas for luck on New Year's Eve.

      I don't even want to see what would happen if I did not continue the tradition.

      Z

      over 5 years ago
    • beachbum5817's Avatar
      beachbum5817

      As far as I know, I have always had pork and sauerkraut for dinner on New Year's Day. I would not consider anything else. Like you said Greg, maybe it has made my journey a little better than it would have been without it. No matter if it is just a superstition, it is also delicious. Happy New Year everyone!!!!

      over 5 years ago
    • Janetspringer's Avatar
      Janetspringer

      I think it is more traditional than superstition. I always make black eyed peas. Some here have cabbage and another tradition is 12 grapes at midnight.

      over 5 years ago
    • robere's Avatar
      robere

      Greg as you so rightly commented, luck and the perception of good luck is indeed subjective. From my distant perspective, despite not having won either the lottery or a new car, you own life is basking in good fortune as evidenced by your contributions to our community and the high, if often unstated, gratitude that many of us feel for your efforts. I for one can attest to my good fortune in finding your site and the practical help and insights that it has given me. The sense of community that you have established, perhaps serendipitously, is the essence of good luck, and for many good fortune in stumbling upon it. All the best to you and your love ones in 2016 and far beyond.

      over 5 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      Here is another year-end superstition. Your Christmas Tree, when do you take it down? I have heard leave it up until after New Year's Day, then just the other day heard it's bad luck if you leave it up after the 1st.

      While I will say I don't believe in "superstitions", I will gladly eat the corn bread cakes, potatoes, cabbage, black eyed peas on the 1st that Sweetie will fix, I also don't step on a crack in a sidewalk, and stay away from walking underneath a ladder, and just last night, Sweetie put an X on the windshield when a black cat crossed in front of our car....... but no......I am not a believer.......
      Hello, my name is Greg.......and I'm a superstitionaholic........

      @robere, thanks for your kind words, we try to provide a place for cancer patients, survivors and family to come and get support, information, inspiration and motivation to make it to the end of this dreadful trip with cancer.

      over 5 years ago
    • Rolltidelynne's Avatar
      Rolltidelynne

      I grew up w eating black-eyed peas, cabbage, and pork to fulfill the traditions/superstitions:)) But I can't stand the smell of cabbage cooking ( my mom use to fill the house w that horrible smell growing up lol!! I dreaded New Years!! Ha ha) they use to tease me about not getting what cabbage brought when I got older:( So...when i became an adult I started eating egg rolls in place of the smothered cabbage!!! I'm the only person who eats them but I feel like I've fulfilled my part:)) lol

      over 5 years ago
    • Nonnie917's Avatar
      Nonnie917

      I don't have any family traditions for food on New Year's day. I am of German ancestry as well and while in Germany in 2004, I ate some real German sauerkraut and boy was it ever good. It had the sour taste, but it also had a sweet taste as well. It was so good. Not like what we get here in America. I can't eat the stuff here, but I do like Costco's sauerkraut. I just forget to buy it.

      Those of you who have black eyed peas, could you please send me a recipe. I worked with an attorney who made those for her New Year's dinner and they were really good. I tried to make them and we couldn't eat them.

      As for our Christmas tree I usually take it down between the 1st and the 8th. It all depends on how I am feeling and whether or not I have the energy. So there you have it! Have a Happy and Safe New Year.

      over 5 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar
      CAS1

      Greeks make loucoumadias ...kind of a fried dough that you cover in a honey based syrup.

      over 5 years ago

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