Can you believe it is already time to ring in the New Year? The end of the year is flying by, and a new year holds an optimistic way to look forward, start fresh, and make changes.
There are several common traditions for the New Year, including attending parties, making resolutions for the New Year, fireworks displays and watching the giant ball drop in New York City.
Other traditions that are celebrated worldwide are to enjoy meals and snacks that are thought to bestow good luck for the coming year. Below you can find some of the traditional meals that will help ring in 2019 with luck and prosperity!
Some cultures eat twelve grapes at midnight. It is thought that each grape represents A month of the year. The key of this tradition is to count the number – so if your fifth grape tastes sour, the month of May be a rough month.
Another traditional New Year meal is ring-shaped foods. This represents the year coming full circle. It’s a great chance to get creative and try out your favorite gluten-free donut recipes!
One of the most popular traditions is to eat black-eyed peas on the New Year. The peas are thought to resemble coins and represent future financial success. Try this great recipe for your New Years Day!
- 1-Tablespoon vegetable oil
- 2-cans (15-ounce each) black-eyed peas – drained and rinsed
- ¼ -cup fresh parsley – chopped
- 1 small onion – finely chopped
- ½ – teaspoon dried oregano
- 1-can (14.5 ounces) chicken broth
- ¼ – teaspoon hot sauce of your choice
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- In a large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and season with salt and pepper. Cook until softened (about 3-5 minutes)
- Add oregano, black-eyed peas, and broth. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook until the liquid is thick and peas are tender (about 15-20 minutes)
- Stir in parsley and hot sauce and season with salt and pepper
Serve and enjoy a very HAPPY NEW YEAR!