New Year’s Day foods: What you shouldn’t eat on January 1?


After the sparkling wine toast at midnight, what foods shouldn’t you eat? These New Year’s Day foods are definitely ones to avoid.

On New Year’s Day, food superstitions are many. While people know about the good luck foods, like black eyed peas, there are certain New Year’s Day foods to avoid. These certain foods have bad luck associated with them. Even if you want to start the New Year with a celebration, the food choices might be a little limited.
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One of the foods to avoid is lobster. The reason to avoid lobster on New Year’s Day is because lobster moves backwards. The belief is that eating lobster could start the New Year in a backwards fashion. So if you don’t want to feel like you’re moving backward all year, avoid lobster on New Year’s Day.

Another fish to avoid on New Year’s Day is catfish. Catfish is a bottom feeder. If you don’t want the year to be filled with feeding off the bottom scraps, avoid eating catfish for the first big meal of the year.

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Also, some traditions say that poultry should be avoided on New Year’s Day. Since poultry scratches for its food, the idea that the eater will be scratching for food throughout the New Year. No one wants to be scratching for food for 365 days.

Lastly, some people say that beef should be avoided on New Year’s Day. Since beef eat standing still, some people believe that the New Year would be stagnant, or standing still. If you want some good fortune and forward progress, it could mean avoiding beef on January 1.

Even though these foods should be avoided, there are plenty of other New Year’s Day foods to eat. While a bowl of black eyed peas may not be an entire meal, pork is considered a lucky New Year’s Day food. Also, yellow colored foods are favored.

Do you believe in New Year’s Day superstitions? What do you eat on New Year’s Day?