4 New Year's Food Traditions Around The World

2016 is on the horizon, and come January we'll all be accidentally putting a "5" instead of a "6" anytime we try to write the date on anything. But to help smooth the transition – and hopefully make it a new year with good tidings – many countries around the world like to insulate their good fortune with decidedly "lucky" foods.


In Germany, eating sauerkraut on the first day of the year is believed to bring fortune and blessings. So don't delay, make sure to cook some at home.


Ring-shaped foods are thought to bring prosperity and luck in the new year in many countries around the world, and the Netherlands is no exception – eating a doughnut is said to be lucky on this day.


The first 12 seconds of the year in Spain are all about downing 12 grapes to represent the number of lucky months ahead. If you finish them all before the last stroke of midnight, you're supposedly in for a very happy year.

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Black-eyed peas are considered to be a lucky start to the new year, and with vitamins, minerals, and a significant amount of fiber, they're also good for your health.