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Grapes, lentils, noodles, fish, pomegranate could bring luck, fortune in new year

Here in the South we’re likely to celebrate the New Year with hearty portions of black-eyed peas, collard greens and pork. We dream of good luck and prosperity as we eat.

Here are a few New Year traditions in other parts of the world.

Grapes: Eat 12 grapes at midnight and the taste (bitter or sweet) of each indicates whether that month will be bitter or sweet. The first grape represents January, the second February and so on.

Lentils: Thought to resemble coins, lentils are eaten throughout Italy for good fortune in the New Year.

Noodles: In many Asian countries, long noodles are eaten on New Year’s Day in order to bring a long life. Break the noodle before it’s all in your mouth, and you could have a shortened life expectancy.

Fish: In some countries, people associate fish with moving forward since fish swim forward. Others think fish symbolize abundance since they swim in schools.

Pomegranate: In Turkey and other Mediterranean countries, women hoping to become pregnant will eat these tasty little seeds.