For Good Fortune

There isn’t a long history of celebrating New Year’s Eve or Day in Sicily. Only over the past century has it become a milestone holiday. Therefore, modern Sicilians celebrate New Year’s Italian-style–eating sausage (cotechino), grapes, and lentils (pictured here). Lentils, with their coin-shape, are thought to bring good fortune for the year ahead. I’m eating…

New Year’s Sicilian Style

To celebrate New Year’s Eve Italian-style (many modern Sicilians are following Italian traditions), wear red underwear and eat lentils. Both are considered to bring good fortune for the year ahead. Lentils from the Sicilian island of Ustica are world-renowned, and because lentils resemble coins, that’s where the good fortune comes in. Additionally, Sicilians eat lasagna…