In Spain, revelers mark the New Year by quickly eating a dozen grapes at midnight. The fruits are said to be a predictor of the year ahead: Each sweet grape represents a good month, each sour grape a less-than-lucky one. Adopt the tradition by threading grapes onto skewers, and serve each in a glass of Champagne just before the countdown.
In the South, eating black-eyed peas shows humility and thus invites good fortune.
Hearty Black-Eyed Peas
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
Coarse salt and ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
2 cans (15 ounces each) black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed
1 can (14 1/2 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth
1/4 cup fresh