These Traditional New Year's Foods Are Good Luck Around the World

Ralph Smith

There are so many ways to celebrate the start of a new year. You can kick things off with a , reflect on the previous year's accomplishments, or even throw a to celebrate in style. But one of our favorite is eat—and we're not alone! In fact, eating New Year's good luck foods is something that's done all over the world. It's one of those that can symbolize prosperity, health, or happiness depending on the food. This list has tons of ideas that'll make you feel lucky in 2024.

Of course, not everyone believes in

, but that doesn't mean these tasty foods aren't worth a try. "I've always eaten black-eyed peas on New Year's Day," Ree Drummond says, "I figure starting the new year by indulging in a juicy superstition can't hurt." And it'll taste good, too! Along with black-eyed peas, some cultures believe that grapes, noodles, pork, or can be considered lucky when eaten on New Year's. Pick and choose a few of these traditional New Year's foods like sesame pork noodle salad (thought to symbolize longevity) or orange-vanilla scones (representing gold and wealth) or opt for a full menu of that incorporate some of these ingredients, like Hoppin' John, skillet cornbread, and collard greens. Whichever you choose, just be sure to serve it up with a glass of champagne and a .