Colcannon is an Irish potato dish that has become popular around the world. It normally includes chopped kale or green cabbage mixed with hot, floury mashed potatoes. The word colcannon is from the Gaelic “cal ceannann,” which literally means “white-headed cabbage.”
In the past, charms were mixed in with the colcannon. Depending on what charm you found it was seen as a portent for the future. A button meant you would remain a bachelor and a thimble meant you would remain a spinster for the coming year. A ring meant you would get married and a coin meant you would come into wealth. Others filled their socks with colcannon and hung them from the handle of the front door in the belief that the first man through the door would be their future husband.