We housesellers thought we would ring in the New Year with some fun facts about New Year's eating traditions from around the Globe that are meant to bring good luck. In the American South, black-eyed peas, leafy greens and a slab of cornbread are said to bring prosperity in the new year because the peas represent coins, greens resemble paper money and corn bread symbolizes gold. The Pennsylvania Dutch, and many other cultures, believe eating pork and sauerkraut on New Year’s Day brings good luck. And while cabbage is the main ingredient in sauerkraut, many cultures in the U.S., and globally, believe eating it in any form is luck because of the "green resembling money thing", even if it is purple cabbage!

Overseas, Asian cultures feast on a whole fleshy fish to celebrate the New Year. In China, the word for "fish" sounds like the word for "abundance," one reason fish has become a go-to good luck food (while on the other side of the globe, Europeans eat cod, herring and carp). You don't eat the silvery scales many of these fish have but they do stand for coinage and, in turn, much prosperity. In Japanese households, families eat long buckwheat soba noodles at midnight on New Year’s Eve to bid farewell to the year gone by and welcome the year to come, and they are thought to bring long life if you eat them without breaking them in the middle. Rice noodles are all about fertility and wealth, while another way to ensure a long life is to also eat all forms of noodles throughout New Year’s Day, a tradition in many Asian countries.

Angelenos know that tamales make an appearance at pretty much every special occasion in Mexico and SoCal, but holidays are a particularly favored time for the food and they are often served with menudo. In Spain and Mexico, eating 12 grapes at midnight as the clock strikes once for each hour will bring you luck for the 12 months ahead. Since seeds have always been associated with fertility, the Greeks hurl whole pomegranates to the floor to release a flood of seeds that symbolize life and abundance. Ring-shaped cakes (or even doughnuts) are a symbol of life coming full circle, and in Greece they are called vasilopita, the French enjoy the gateau, Mexicans have the rosca de reyes and Bulgarians enjoy the banitsa to celebrate the new year. In the Netherlands, fried oil balls called oliebollen are sold by street carts and are traditionally consumed on New Year’s Eve. Italians celebrate New Year’s Eve with cotechino con lenticchie, a sausage and lentil stew that is said to bring good luck (the lentils represent money and good fortune) and the meal ends with chiacchiere — balls of fried dough that are rolled in honey and powdered sugar — and prosecco.