Here are some of the common food New Year’s food traditions around the world.
1.In Spain at the stroke of midnight, they eat one grape for every toll of the clock bell. Some even prep their grapes – peeling and seeding them.
2.In Mexico, Tamales are eaten it’s, corn dough stuffed with meat, cheese and other delicious additions and wrapped in a banana leaf or a corn husk.
3.In the Netherlands, fried oil balls, or oliebollen, are sold by street carts and are traditionally consumed on New Year’s Eve. They are doughnut-like dumplings, made by dropping a scoop of dough spiked with currants or raisins into a deep fryer and then dusted with powdered sugar.
4.Austria and its neighbor Germany call New Year’s Eve Sylvesterabend, or the eve of Saint Sylvester. They drink a red wine punch with cinnamon and spices, eat suckling pig for dinner and decorate the table with little pigs made of marzipan, called marzipanschwein.
5.In Japanese families eat buckwheat soba noodles, or toshikoshi soba, at midnight on New Year’s Eve to bid farewell to the year gone by and welcome New year.The long noodles symbolize longevity and prosperity.
6.The tradition of a New Year’s cake is very popular in many cultures around the world. The Greeks have the Vasilopita, the French the gateau or galette des rois. Mexicans have the Rosca de Reyes and Bulgarians enjoy the banitsa.
Most of the cakes are consumed at midnight on New Year’s Eve — though some cultures cut their cake on Christmas or the Epiphany, January 6 — a gold coin or figure is hidden, which symbolizes a prosperous year for whomever finds it in their slice.
7.Poland and parts of Scandinavia and, many in those nations eat pickled herring at the stroke of midnight to bring a year of prosperity and bounty. Some eat pickled herring in cream sauce while others have it with onions.
One special Polish New Year’s Eve preparation of pickled herring, called Sledzie Marynowane, is made by soaking whole salt herrings in water for 24 hours and then layering them in a jar with onions, allspice, sugar and white vinegar.
8.Kransekage, a cake tower composed of many concentric rings of cake layered atop one another, and they are made for New Year’s Eve and other special occasions in Denmark and Norway.
The cake is made using marzipan, often with a bottle of wine or Aquavit in the center and can be decorated with ornaments, flags and crackers.
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