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10 good luck foods for a new year

pig cupcakes

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In some countries, including Cuba, Spain, Portugal, Hungary and Austria, pigs symbolize progress. Some say it’s because these animals never move backward, while others believe it’s all in their feeding habits (they push their snouts forward along the ground when rooting for food). And it's not limited to pork — foods shaped like pigs (think cutout cookies) count, too.