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In Germany, people drop molten lead into cold water and try to tell the future from the shape it makes. A heart or ring shape means a wedding, a ship a journey, and a pig plenty of food in the year ahead. People also leave a bit of every food eaten on New Year's Eve on their plate until after midnight as a way of ensuring a well-stocked larder. Carp is often included, as it is thought to bring wealth.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|