New Year's Trivia

Pork and sauerkraut is the traditional New Year's Day food. In Spain they eat 12 grapes – one for each stroke of the clock. In Germany food left out after midnight ensures a well-stocked larder. Eating fish promotes moving forward. Some other good-luck foods include black-eyed peas and collard greens.

Foods to avoid on New Year's Day: Lobster because they move backwards. It could cause setbacks. Chicken is a no-no as they scratch backwards. Any winged fowl may cause your good luck to fly away. In Asia they eat long noodles without breaking them. They must slurp them like spaghetti.

In Britain the first person to come through the door after midnight brings good luck. In Brazil they believe the color of underwear you put on New Year's Day has meaning. I'll have to check that one out. Julius Caesar established the Julian calendar.

Hasn't this been fun? You might want to explore some trivia in the New Year.

Diane Vincent

Bay Village

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Volume 5, Issue 25, Posted 10:49 AM, 12.10.2013