Here's to a great 2018 for you and yours! If you are like me, there is just a tiny bit of superstition about eating foods that will bring you good luck in the coming year. Honestly, I wouldn't dream of not making black eyed peas and cabbage to kick off my new year. Black eyed peas for luck, cabbage for money.

Other countries have the same tradition of eating foods for luck, but they are not quite like ours here in the USA. Check out some of the unique holiday traditional foods abroad from below. And who knows, maybe your family will want to adopt some of these as their own. Happy 2018, y'all!

  • Grapes - in Spain 12 grapes are eaten at midnight on New Year's Eve. One grape for each stroke of the clock.
  • Leftovers on a plate - it is customary in Germany and the Philippines to leave a little bit of food on your plate past midnight, which will guarantee a stocked pantry in the New Year
  • Fish - North America, Asia, and Europe think fish swimming means moving forward, and progress
  • Greens - USA  -symbolizes economic wealth. In Denmark, stewed kale is served with sugar and cinnamon, and in Germany the top choice is sauerkraut
  • Black Eyed Peas - Southern United States - shaped like coins, which means prosperity
  • Round Cakes and Bread - in Greece, Mexico and Denmark some of the ring shaped treats contain a hidden coin, for good luck
  • Noodles - in Asian countries long noodles equal a long life
  • Pork - Austria, Cuba and Spain think that because swine push their snouts forward it signifies moving ahead, and prosperity
  • Lentils - in Italy these are good luck because they plump up when cooked, which symbolizes growing wealth