In China (lunar new year, but lumping it in for simplicity's sake), the word for "orange" and "gold" are phonetically similar, so tangerines and oranges are both eaten and prominently displayed. Long noodles signify long life, and (I love this one) lots of desserts bring a sweet year.
Persians eat pomegranates to signify fertility and abundance. They're a "superfood," so pick one up on Friday at the store. There's a great trick to separating the kernels from the pulp: Break the kernels apart with your hands submerged in a bowl of water. The kernels sink, the pulp floats.
In many places, from Russia to Ireland, it's simply about quantity. Want to signify abundance? Big platters, big portions. Love it.
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