New Year’s Day is often celebrated with the presence of all family members. It is a great time for get-togethers, to catch up on what happened to a certain someone during the past year, and it is also where certain traditions are followed to start the year right. Here are some of the New Year Food Traditions Around the World.
The people in Japan begin the new year by slurping (the down the whole) soba (buckwheat noodles) called toshikoshi noodles (from one year to another) known as “year-crossing” noodles, before the clock strikes 12. Buckwheat noodles symbolizes long life, so the longer the noodle, the longer the life.
Denmark and Norway
Kransekage or “wreath cake” is served by the people of Denmark and Norway to celebrate the new year. The kransekage is a tall, cone-shaped cake made up of many rings layered on top of the other. It is often made of marzipan and is decorated with ornaments of flags, firecrackers or a bottle of wine at the center.
People in Argentina believe that eating beans on New Year’s day will help them keep their current jobs or maybe find better job opportunities in the new year.
The vasilopita is a round coffee cake, usually with almonds and is traditionally baked with a coin hidden inside it. It is believed that the hidden coin will bring good fortune to whoever finds it.
Germans enjoy a traditional jam-filled donut called “Pfannkuchens” in Berlin, once the clock strikes 12 and the fireworks have been set off. The donuts are sometimes filled with liquor and others with mustard (as some kind of practical joke) which is believed to be bad luck.
Italians feast on cotechino e lenticchie, a traditional dish, on New Year’s day. The cotechino e lenticchie is a savory pork sausage containing the hoof of a pig (which is symbolizes abundance), paired with lentils (which are believed to bring prosperity and good luck).
A piece of grape, which represents a wish, is eaten by Mexicans with every chime of the clock at midnight. Rosca de Reyes, a Mexican sweet bread baked with a coin or charm for good luck is also served and eaten on New Year’s Day. It is believed that the person who gets the slice that has the coin or charm will have good luck throughout the year.
Filipinos decorate their dining tables with 12 different kinds of round fruits. The round shape represents coins, which symbolizes prosperity, and the 12 kinds represent each of the 12 months of the year. But since there are limited options available in the market some fruits served on the table have non-circular shape.
Sweden and Poland
Rice pudding is served with a hidden almond in the mix. Folks believe that whoever finds the almond will be lucky all year round.
This concludes our review on the New Year Food Traditions Around the World. Remember, every culture has its own way of celebrating the beginning of the year. It does not matter which one we actually follow, as long as we start the year with good intentions and positive vibe. After all, the aim of all these traditions is to help us start the year right. Leave all the negativity of 2016 behind and welcome 2017 with a breathtaking smile.