9 Foods to Eat on New Year’s for Good Luck in 2016

Happy (almost) New Year! People around the world are readying to pop some bubbly and ring in 2016. But New Year’s traditions vary from country to country, and they’re downright fascinating.

Did you know, for instance, that grapes play a huge role in New Year’s festivities in Spain, Portugal, and Mexico? Or that a special soba meal is eaten in Japan only on Dec. 31? We bet plenty of you are unfamiliar with the meaning behind America’s own hoppin’ John, a Southern specialty of black-eyed peas and rice.

Scroll through the above slideshow to learn more about New Year’s food traditions from all over the globe. Have you tried any of them?

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