GREENCASTLE, PA. - Some of the senior citizens seated at tables in the Joy El Ministries Dining Hall on Sunday said they had never heard of the Pennsylvania Dutch belief that eating pork and sauerkraut on New Year's brings good luck throughout the coming 12 months.
Others had been raised with that notion, so traditions became a prominent conversation among the more than 225 people gathered for the free meal - a Joy El tradition since the 1970s.
"I'm at the point where if we don't have pork and sauerkraut on New Year's Day, it doesn't seem right," Georgia Hoffeditz of Chambersburg, Pa., said.
She and her husband, Warren, ate across from John and Dionne Phillips of Chambersburg.
Dionne Phillips said she grew up in California an never heard of the ideas about pork and sauerkraut before moving to Pennsylvania.