Eat Pork For Luck on New Year’s

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Some foods are just plain lucky to eat on New Year’s Eve. What associates these dishes with good fortune? That’s tough to pinpoint, but much of the answer has to do with symbolism and superstition. It also has to do with a human tradition of eating something special, like a birthday cake, to mark the passage of time. Like eating Sauerkraut on New Year’s Eve is a long-standing tradition in Germany.

Pork for progress! Pigs root around with their snouts moving in a forward motion, which is why many cultures around the world eat pork on New Year’s Day to symbolize progress for the coming year.

According to many, the more pork in your meal, the more luck you will have. So don’t just use ham hock and fatback to flavor your veggies; eat a baked ham or pork chops as a main dish. Chicken, according to the superstition, should not be eaten on Jan. 1 because a chicken scratches backward.

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