Musings 
by 
Moonlight


 

New Year Traditions

December 29, 2017


In every culture and country there are numerous traditions centered around the new year, to herald in good fortune, health, love, prosperity, and other blessings.

I am currently working through a flu and know that this is far from as much as I had hoped to share, so please let these few mentions, inspire you to research other traditions as well as create your own!!

Many of the best known traditions are based around food items. As a vegetarian I only post those that I myself would be willing to do... cannot recommend what I don't believe in, though the carnivorous traditions have become well loved by many,

1) Long Noodles

In China, Japan and other Asian countries, it's customary to eat long noodles, signify longevity, on New Year's Day. Since the noodles are never to be broken or shortened during the cooking process, the typical preparation for "Long-Life Noodles" is a stir-fry.



2) Corn Bread 

A favorite throughout the year, cornbread is especially venerated as a New Year's treat in the southern United States. Why? Its color resembles that of gold. To ensure extra luck, some people add extra corn kernels, which are emblematic of golden nuggets.




3) Pomegaranates

Pomegranates represent good luck in Turkey for many reasons: Their red color, which represents the human heart, denotes life and fertility; their medicinal properties represent health; and their abundant, round seeds represent prosperity—all things everyone hopes for in any fresh start.




4) Round Foods such as oranges etc

Though the number of pieces varies by region, eating any round fruit is a common New Year's tradition. In the Philippines, the custom calls for 13, considered a lucky number; in Europe and the U.S., it calls for 12, which represents the months in a year. In both cases, their shape, which looks like a coin, and their sweetness are the common denominators.




5) Greens 

From the coastal American South to Europe, people eat green leafy veggies—including kale, collards and cabbage—on New Year's Day because of their color and appearance, which resembles paper cash. Belief has it, the more you eat, the more prosperous you'll be (and the healthier, too!).




6) Lentils

A popular New Year's meal in Italy is Cotechino con Lenticchie (green lentils with sausage) because of the legume's greenish color and coin-like appearance. Deeper into the myth: When cooked, lentils plump with water, symbolizing growing wealth. Lentils are also considered good luck in Hungary, where they're preferred in a soup.



7) Black Eyed Peas

Considered good luck due to their penny-like appearance and abundance, these peas, enjoyed in the southern United States, are traditionally served in a dish called Hoppin' John. On the day after New Year's Day, leftover "Hoppin' John" becomes "Skippin' Jenny," meant to demonstrate frugality and promote prosperity in the new year.



Since Many Black Eyed Pea recipes call for ham and other not so healthy and certainly not vegetarian items, I am offering up these two recipes as delicious options: SOUTHERN STYLE VEGAN BLACK EYED PEAS and  SOUTHERN BLACK-EYED PEAS (VEGETARIAN)


ALSO... of course.... 

1) Smudge your home and self with sweetgrass or cedar for blessings and prosperity.


2) Set intentions... write lists, make plans ( I recommend Benebell Wen's Metaphysician's Planner), write each intention or goal on a bay leaf and burn, later blowing your intentions out into the winds of the Universe.



What are YOUR favorite New Year Traditions??? 

Blessings for a Happy New Year Everyone!!!

 

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