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8 Lucky New Year's Foods From Around the World

The new year is a time for new beginnings, celebration and of course, food. Traditional New Year’s dishes vary by culture and country, and all are symbolic of good luck for the coming year. Whether you eat greens for prosperity, or cake to make the next year sweet, any of these traditional foods will be a lucky start for January.

Pork and candy pigs

Pork symbolizes both progress and prosperity. This tradition began hundreds of years ago in Europe, when wild boars were hunted on New Year’s Day. Pigs came to be associated with progress because they root for food by pushing their noses forward. The rich, fatty meat of the pig is also symbolizes having plenty to eat. Whole, roasted suckling pig is the centerpiece of New Year’s Day dinner in many countries such as Cuba, Spain, Hungary and Portugal. In Austria and Germany, candy pigs made of marzipan are exchanged to bring good luck in the coming year.

How to say Happy New Year in German: Glückliches neues Jahr!

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