WILTON — While people may associate Thanksgiving and Christmas with special meals, food served at the beginning of a new year are imbued with all kinds of symbolism the world over. Most center on good luck, good fortune and forward momentum.
Greens — the color of four-leaf clovers and money — fall in the luck category, and in Asia, noodles — the longer the better — symbolize long life. Pork — think of eating high on the hog — is a symbol and wealth and prosperity. Fish, because they only swim in one direction, represent progress.