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New Year’s Day is approaching and many people have different foods they eat every year to promote prosperity.

Eating 12 grapes simultaneously at midnight on New Year’s is a tradition in many Latin countries. Peas and lentils represent money because they are round like coins. Many people in the South were raised to eat black-eyed peas with greens and cornbread to represent New Year’s prosperity. The greens are the color of money and the cornbread reminds people of gold.

In some communities, peas are a part of a good luck soup. Pork, noodles, whole fish and pomegranate seeds are seen as foods you should eat to ring in the new year.

Does your family have a New Year’s eating tradition?