Even the most cynical can feel superstitious at the start of a New Year, heralding a new beginning and all the promise of a fresh start. Around the world there are many superstitions as the clock chimes midnight, most of them featuring food in some shape or form.
In Spain and Portugal it is tradition to eat 12 grapes at midnight, one for each month of the year, where as in Greece, a pomegranate is smashed on the floor in front of the door to reveal the seeds which symbolise luck and good fortune – the more seeds the better. In Japan you need to get your slurp on. Here, soba noodles are representative of long life and are lucky to eat, but only if you don’t break or chew them!
Lentils are eaten in abundance in Brazil and Italy given the fact that they resemble coins and prosperity and have been eaten for luck since the Roman times