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28 Dishes to Make for Good Luck in 2016

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It's difficult not to feel a little superstitious at the start of a new year—once the Champagne has been popped and the ball has dropped, there's an entire year to face! While this is exciting, it's also a little scary, which is likely why so many cultures have customs that revolve around eating food for good luck in the new year.

In many Asian countries, people eat long noodles to symbolize longevity and the Spanish and Portuguese eat 12 grapes at midnight for each month of the upcoming year. And despite being neither Southern nor Jewish, my mom invites our neighbors and friends over every New Year's day to eat black-eyed peas (that custom is said to originate from Rosh Hashanah traditions thousands of years ago!). Just in case, she says. This New Years, cover your bases with these 28 foods for good luck in 2016:

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Long noodles for longevity (eaten in China, Japan, and other Asian countries):

Burmese Noodle Bowl

Burmese Noodle Bowl by nykavi

Smoked Tea Duck Noodles

Smoked Tea Duck Noodles by aargersi

Spicy Sesame Pork Soup with Noodles

Spicy Sesame Pork Soup with Noodles by gingerroot

Cold Vegetable and Noodle Salad with Ponzu Dressing

Cold Vegetable and Noodle Salad with Ponzu Dressing by Sarah Jampel

Grapes for good luck for each month (eaten in Spain and Portugal):

Layered Grapes and Bread with Chèvre and Balsamic

Layered Grapes and Bread with Chèvre and Balsamic by gingerroot

Sweet and Spicy Grape Chutney

Sweet and Spicy Grape Chutney by Madhuja

Ricotta with Honeyed Grapes

Ricotta with Honeyed Grapes by fiveandspice

Grape Focaccia (Schiacciata all'uva)

Grape Focaccia (Schiacciata all'uva) by Emiko

Pork for progress (eaten in Hungary and Austria):

Simple Summer Pork Chops with Balsamic-Pepper Plum Reduction and Fresh Thyme

Simple Summer Pork Chops with Balsamic-Pepper Plum Reduct... by kerrylow

Porchetta

Porchetta by Sara Jenkins

Herb-Crusted Pork Chops with Balsamic Onions

Herb-Crusted Pork Chops with Balsamic Onions by Erin McDowell

Pork Belly Carnitas

Pork Belly Carnitas by meatified

Pomegranate for prosperity (eaten—or rather, smashed on the ground—in Greece):

Pomegranate Flank Steak

Pomegranate Flank Steak by Phyllis Grant

Chocolate Pomegranate Bark

Chocolate Pomegranate Bark by Alice Medrich

Yogurt Pancakes with Pomegranate

Yogurt Pancakes with Pomegranate by Cara Eisenpress

Pomegranate Gelée

Pomegranate Gelée by AliceWaters

Black-eyed peas for humility and good fortune (eaten in the South):

Black-Eyed Pea Cassoulet

Black-Eyed Pea Cassoulet by Kayb

Red Cabbage and Sausage Soup

Red Cabbage and Sausage Soup by Vicky | Things I Made Today

Vegan Hoppin' John

Vegan Hoppin' John by Gena Hamshaw

5 Bean Curry

5 Bean Curry by Anu

Lentils for growing wealth (eaten in Italy):

Red Lentil Soup with Beet Greens

Red Lentil Soup with Beet Greens by Medha | Farm on Plate

Lentil and Sausage Soup with Kale

Lentil and Sausage Soup with Kale by Merrill Stubbs

Lentil Meatballs with Indian Fenugreek Sauce

Lentil Meatballs with Indian Fenugreek Sauce by feastingathome

Vegan Lentil Bolognese with Cashew Parmesan

Vegan Lentil Bolognese with Cashew Parmesan by Gena Hamshaw

Whole fish for abundance (eaten in China):

Whole Baked Fish in Sea Salt with Parsley Gremolata

Whole Baked Fish in Sea Salt with Parsley Gremolata by TasteFood

Grilled Whole Branzino with "Greek Fish Sauce"

Grilled Whole Branzino with "Greek Fish Sauce" by meganvt01

Cedar Plank Grilled Loup De Mer (Sea Bass)

Cedar Plank Grilled Loup De Mer (Sea Bass) by aargersi

Whole Roasted Fish with Rosemary Potatoes

Whole Roasted Fish with Rosemary Potatoes by DueSpaghetti

What do you eat for luck on New Year's? Do you follow any of these traditions? Tell us in the comments below!

Tags: good luck, lucky foods, long noodles