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What is the Story Behind Eating Sauerkraut and Pork on New Year’s Eve?

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Photo credit: My Life Cookbook

In case you haven’t heard, it’s tradition to eat pork and sauerkraut on New Year’s Eve at midnight, which technically means New Year’s Day. Among the many traditions surrounding the coming of the New Year, this one is both tasty and easy to complete, unlike some of those tough resolutions.

Where did this tradition come from? It’s hard to pin point exactly, but the reasoning is that eating this dish on January 1 each year will bring you wealth and luck all year long. According to German Food Guide, it is said that the tradition comes from people wishing each other as much wealth as the number of shreds of cabbage in the sauerkraut. As for the pork, “The pig has long been a symbol for good luck and well-being” explains the German Food Guide article.

If you’re convinced that this hearty meal is worth a shot, this recipe from My Life Cookbook is a great place to start. Her recipe is a one-pot easy recipe that the whole family will love.

While we can’t promise that eating sauerkraut and pork on New Year’s will definitely bring you wealth and blessings, it’s delicious. What other traditions do you take part in for New Year’s?