Chestnut Street Inn

New Year’s Food Superstitions

Every New Year’s Day while I was growing up my grandmother would make a lentil stew to eat, insisting that it would bring good luck and lots of money in the coming year. While the money never did show up, the tradition stuck and to this day she continues making the lentils. While chatting with guests this morning, I discovered their family had a similar tradition of eating ham and beans on New Year’s Day, suggesting that by doing so we are reminded of our humble beginnings and will be more grateful in the coming year of what we have.

It dawned on me that perhaps there are many cultures around the world that have similar traditions on New Year’s Day so I did a little research.

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