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Many Bring In The New Year With Special Holiday Food Traditions

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South Philadelphia's Italian Market. (Credit: Hadas Kuznits, KYW Newsradio)

South Philadelphia’s Italian Market. (Credit: Hadas Kuznits, KYW Newsradio)

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By Hadas Kuznits

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - Lots of people have specific New Year’s food traditions. KYW’s Hadas Kuznits caught up with some folks preparing for the holiday in South Philadelphia.

With the New Year approaching, there were lots of folks shopping for their New Year’s meal here at the Italian market.

“We usually have a nice ham on the table.”

And every culture has its own traditions at to what to eat on January 1st.

collard greens Many Bring In The New Year With Special Holiday Food Traditions

(Credit: Hadas Kuznits, KYW Newsradio)

“We always say the collard greens represents money and the black eyed peas represent pennies.”

“And you gotta have some gravy so we have many of that too.”

Kuznits: “These are italian traditions?”

“Italian and then we have a boatload of desserts.”

“From Mexico we have different traditions. (In Spanish) How do you say grapes in English? Grapes! Twelve grapes means 12 months.”

But some people tell me they don’t believe in good luck.
“I think the old timers used to think good luck but with us its mostly, its all about food. Everything, you celebrate food. It’s just good!”

Kuznits: “It used to be good luck, now it’s just good!”

“It’s good, baby!”

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