Guess What Unofficial Holiday Today is…

It is “Ditch Your New Year’s Resolutions” Day! Always on Jan. 17th.  Supposedly, this is the day where if you have any broken resolutions, feel guilty about any you made, or have resolutions your having a hard time keeping, (maybe made after too much champagne), today’s the day you have permission to “ditch” them. You don’t have to feel guilty any more!

While losing weight is in the top 10 resolutions made every year, I prefer to think of it as a goal. We all need goals, right? And so go my resolutions. Just like my goals, I may not always hit them, but I don’t ever want to quit trying.

In keeping with the fact that this is basically a blog about food and living a leaner lifestyle, I thought I would share a little insight as to some of the “food customs” of New Year’s Day. If you would like to read more about “Ditch Your Resolutions” Day – Pt 1″, visit my blog at 

Food is an important part of everyone’s holidays. And in many cultures it’s believed that you can affect your luck by the type of food you first eat on New Year’s Day. Here’s what people around the world will be munching on when the clock strikes 12…

MEXICO, SPAIN and CUBA: For good luck, they’ll eat 12 grapes at the stroke of midnight, each grape signifying one month of the upcoming year. If the grape for the respective month is sweet, they’ll expect a good month… if it’s sour, a bad one.

JAPAN: You’ll hear the crunch, crunch of Buddhist monks munching on noodles in temples at midnight.

GERMANY: Break out the carp… the traditional New Year’s Eve fish in Germany. Not only will they feast on it, but many Germans will also place several of the fish’s scales in their wallets as a way to ensure financial good luck!

HOLLAND: Olie Bollen – literally translating to “oil balls” – are a traditional New Year’s Eve treat for the Dutch. These yummy, puffy doughnuts are often filled with diced apples, raisins, and currants.

POLAND: Many Poles will feast on herring to usher in a year of good fortune.

SOUTHERN U.S: If you eat black-eyed peas on New Year’s Eve, legend has it you’ll enjoy good luck the whole year through. Want wealth? Try corn bread, cabbage, collard greens, or kale!

PHILIPPINES: Here the kind of food doesn’t matter. Filipinos believe it’s important to have any type of food on the table at midnight to help encourage an abundance of food throughout the year.

DENMARK: Boiled cod is traditional New Year’s Eve fare.

WORLDWIDE: Want to start a new tradition? Try this one, shared by many people throughout the world: it’s the practice of eating “ring-shaped” food during New Year’s celebrations. Symbolizing the “coming full circle,” the belief is that good luck will follow all who consume such foods. So bite a bagel or doughnut at midnight this December 31st… and be open to good fortune!

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