Some believe that if you eat long soba or buckwheat noodles (which symbolize longevity), without breaking any while you slurp, you’ll enjoy a long life.
In Germany, the dish of choice is pork sausages with cabbage. But, many countries believe that pigs symbolize abundance and progress because they’re big and move forward as they root for food.
Grapes, Spain & Portugal
The tradition of eating 12 grapes, one at a time with each stroke of midnight, is more than 100 years old.
In the Philippines, Europe and in parts of the United States, people eat round food (apples, oranges, bagels, etc.) to celebrate the year’s full circle.
Also known as Coin Cake (above), this special lemon-flavored dessert is a Greek tradition — a coin is baked into the recipe and whoever gets it in their piece is in for a year of good luck.
Beans represent coins and people believe that when eaten in abundance, they’ll be rewarded with a prosperous next year.
At Chinese New Year, people serve cooked fish with the head and tail intact — it represents the beginning and end of the past year and abundance in the next.
The fish’s silvery scales represent wealth and they must be eaten by midnight!