Why Pork with Sauerkraut is Lucky on New Year's Day
Have a Happy New Year with this traditional meal!
There is not a single New Year's Day I remember where I did not indulge in a rib-sticking meal of pork chops and sauerkraut. My mother still makes it for our family because according to her, "It will bring good luck!". But why? Where did that idea come from?
The tradition began with the Pennsylvania-Dutch. The choice meat of pork was due to the way pigs mosey around with their cute little snouts, always moving forward. The pig also represents prosperity. In eating pork on New Year's Day, there is a hope that we also will keep moving forward and prosper in the new year.
The sauerkraut is lucky because it is made with cabbage, and cabbage is generally considered to be a lucky ingredient in many parts of the world, especially in Germany.
Some of the other lucky foods to eat on New Year's Day are lentils, peas, noodles, fish, cornbread, and grapes. The ones you want to avoid? Lobster and chicken - since those animals have too many backwards movements, that could mean bad luck for you!
What do you eat for good luck on New Year's Day? Tell us in the comments below!
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