13    Jan 20120 comments

Lucky Foods: Good fortune for the family

Here at MyHeritage HQ, we’ve always been big fans of the way that food brings families together.

We’ve written about it once or twice on our blog. And every family site on MyHeritage.com also includes a recipe page so families can share their traditions.  (CLICK HERE to learn how to access your recipe page)

However, we’ve never really looked into what families and cultures believe to be “lucky foods,” those that bring luck or fortune to those who eat them.

A few weeks ago, the ABC in the US published a great post showing some lucky foods consumed on New Year’s Day by various cultures around the world to make sure the year ahead is a good one.

The foods include Black-Eyed Peas in the American south, which either look like coins or “grow” when cooked like your fortune will (depending on which tradition you believe); Long Noodles, thought to bring long life in many Asian countries; and Cooked Greens, which resemble money and are thought to bring good fortune in Germany.

The blog network – BlogHer - also ran a story on the topic that listed many similar foods.

Serious or not, traditions like these help strengthen ties between family members and between families in various cultures.

Does your culture have lucky foods? Perhaps you have some unique to your family?

Either way, we’d love to hear about them and why they’re thought to bring such good fortune. Reply via comments below, on Facebook or Twitter.

Good eating and good luck to everyone in 2012!

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