5 Lucky Foods for the New Year

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Each New Year’s

, people around the world have their specific foods for good luck in the next coming 365 days. Some traditions call for noodles and others call for desserts, fruits. All of these are believed to bring good luck to ones having them.

Let’s find out which traditional dishes symbolizing hopes and wishes for the future.


Bunch of red grapes / Getty Images
Bunch of red grapes / Getty Images

Revelers in


mark the New Year by eating a dozen grapes at midnight on New Year’s Eve, one grape for each stroke of the clock. Each sweet grapes represents a good month, each sour grape represents a not-so-good one.

Also, in the


, eating any round fruits is a common New Year‘s tradition while 13 is considered a lucky number.

Whole fish

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Cr. Getty Images

One of the many reasons fish has become a good luck food in


and many countries is the Chinese word for “fish” sounds like the word for “abundance”. Also, it’s important to serve the whole fish with the head and tail to ensure a good year, from start to finish.


Japanese soba noodles / Getty Images
Japanese soba noodles / Getty Images

This Japanese noodles are commonly eaten at midnight on December 31. They symbolize long life, the longer they are, the better. The trick is slurp without breaking them.

Rice pudding

Rice pudding in bowl / Getty Images
Rice pudding in bowl / Getty Images


Sweden and Finland

, this is served with an almond hidden in the bowl, whoever gets to eat the almond will be in luck the following year.

Tong Yip, Tong Yod, Foy Tong

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3 Auspicious

Thai desserts

consist of the word “tong” which means “gold”. The Thais believe that gold will bring good luck as it symbolizes wealth.

By the way, these are also considered giving sweet love and fortune for a wedding couple.