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Barbara Rolek

Eat Lucky Foods to Guarantee a Great 2014

By December 30, 2013

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People worldwide believe in eating "lucky foods" to ensure a healthy, prosperous and happy New Year. Eastern Europeans are big on pork and sauerkraut, believing that, since pigs root forward, eating their meat will guarantee a progressive future. Sauerkraut comes from cabbage which, the world over, is a symbol for money. So, eating it should augur pockets that jingle.

These traditions more likely lie in the fact that fall and winter were prime pig slaughtering times, and cabbage, which had been put into barrels of brine six to eight weeks earlier, were ready to be eaten.

But, never one to tempt fate, I eat sauerkraut and pork on New Years' Day not only because I love it, but to pad my good-luck bank account! Here are more Eastern European New Year's Traditions.

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December 31, 2009 at 6:20 pm
(1) Scott P. Richert says:

Got my pork butt thawing and a few pounds of kraut, along with several pounds of kielbasa. Can’t wait to start cooking tomorrow! Happy New Year, Barb!

January 3, 2010 at 1:41 pm
(2) Sukhmandir Kaur says:

It’s interesting the way humans can put a positive spin to make the mundane festive. Sounds as though Eastern Europeans when faced with the daunting prospect of sauerkraut is all we have to eat, decided not only not to grumble and make the best of it, but to make a party out of it and call it good luck and something to look forward to, so that their descendants who live in an era when they have the pick of all possibilities, choose to follow and celebrate the legendary sauerkraut tradition.

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