Every year on December 31st, just as I'd turn to say "Happy New Year," my aunt would jam a piece of herring in my mouth. Gross? Perhaps, but she meant well. Apparently herring, and other seafood items, represent luck for the new year. The herring tradition is common for folks of German heritage, so it was no surprise that my family, and others in the Milwaukee area, embraced the "herring at midnight" tradition.
Here are five foods that are thought to bring luck for the upcoming year.
The herring tradition is connected with the belief that seafood brings luck in the form of abundance. The fact that fish generally produce many eggs at once means that eating them at midnight will bring you many good things including abundant blessings and increased fertility.
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