The Best NYE Food Traditions From Around The World
Celebrating New Year's Eve in Australia usually involves a BBQ of some kind and a glass of champers-- but there's not really any reasoning behind the end of year menu.
But around the globe, these countries put a lot of thought into keeping up food traditions to ensure a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year in the most delicious way.
Getting Fruity In Spain
The Spanish start their year off with a healthy serving of fresh grapes -- eating 12 pieces of the fruit at the stroke of midnight, according to Food Republic. Each grape is eaten quickly, in time with the steady chimes of a clock, and if you manage to chomp your way through the lot, you'll supposedly have a prosperous New Year.
Each juicy grape represents a month of the year so if you have a particularly sweet or sour bite, it's meant to be an indicator of how that month will pan out.
Good Luck Pigs In Germany
In Germany, the phrase Schwein gehabt (to have a pig) means you've been incredibly lucky. So it makes sense that Germans indulge in delicious pig-themed treats to herald in the New Year.
The Glücksschwein are usually made with marzipan and ground nuts and are occasionally encased in pastry.
Delectable Donuts For The Dutch
New Year's Eve in the Netherlands isn't complete without oliebollen -- a festive snack that's credited as being the grandfather of the American doughnut, according to the Smithsonian.
Oliebollen (which literally translates to 'oily balls' in English) is made of flour, eggs, milk, yeast and usually contain apples or currants. The deep-fried treats are eaten at NYE parties and are sold at cute kiosks that pop up at the end of the year.
A Fruitful New Year In Turkey
In Turkey, pomegranates represent vitality, abundance and fertility and are an important part of preparing for the year to come, according to Baraka Bits. On New Year's Eve, Turkish people will hurl a pomegranate at a door, or on the ground. If the fruit breaks into many pieces, it's the sign of a sweet year ahead.
Oodles of Noodles In Japan
In Japan, it's common to stay soba on New Year's Eve, geddit? Toshikoshi soba are special year-end noodles that represent "crossing from one year to the next", according to Japan Talk. The buckwheat noodles are eaten just before midnight and are also supposed to usher in a year of longevity and prosperity.
Searching For Gold In Greece
Honouring the feast of St Basil, the Greeks will bake this delicious vanilla orange cake with a gold coin hidden in the mix. Whoever finds the lucky charm hidden in their slice can expect a year of good fortune. The cake is cut up just before midnight and dished out to family members in order of their age/rank in the fam.
Lentils And Sausages Bring Good Fortune In Italy
This hearty dish marries two very lucky Italian charms on one plate -- lentils and pork! Lentils are believed to bring prosperity because they look just like tiny Roman coins and pork symbolises "the bounty of the land", according to NPR. A delicious way to usher in the New Year.
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