Speaking of feste…
They say eating grape for Christmas porta fortuna e soldi (‘brings good luck and money’)
The same for lenticchie (lentils) for capodanno (‘new years eve’). In Abruzzo they use to serve 7 soups made with 7 different legumes.
Frutta secca (‘dried fruits’) like nuts, figs, dates… will bring prosperity
normally we eat frutta secca at the end of the meal, before or after coffee.
Make sure to sit down while you have your coffee, or you will become poor!
(See also “I miss Italian creative scaramanzia – 1-2-3″ https://misshome.wordpress.com/2013/11/28/150-i-miss-italian-creative-scaramanzie-1/