Happy New Year! When the holiday season comes, families and friends would gather and spend time together, and people in different countries usually serve their families and friends different foods, most of which are delicious and believed to bring good luck to them in the coming year. Following are some foods people in different countries have to celebrate the start of a new year.
Scandinavian have the tradition of having pickled herring to celebrate the new year. As there is abundant herring in Scandinavia, and the silver color of herring is similar to that of coins, having herring on December 31st is believed to bring wealth and prosperity to people in the coming year. People would have pickled herring with onion or cream source on the stroke of midnight.
People in Spain have the tradition of eating 12 grapes at the stroke of midnight, one for each of the 12 bell strikes. In the 19th century, grape growers started this tradition with the wish of selling more grapes in the coming year. Nowadays, this tradition is widespread, and people in Spain and some other countries eat 12 grapes for good luck at the stroke of midnight.
In Japan, people would eat long noodles at the stroke of midnight to celebrate the new year. The year-crossing Long noodles symbolize longevity in their culture, and is often served with rice cake and shrimp.
The pomegranate is important for people in Turkey to celebrate the new year. As the fruit is in abundance in Turkey, it’s believed to bring prosperity to the people in the coming year. Moreover, the red color of pomegranates represents fertility in the culture. Besides having pomegranates, some people in Turkey would also smash the fruit into the floor, and they believe the seeds come out would bring their fortune in the coming year.
It’s a Mexican tradition to have tamales during the holiday season. It’s made of dough steamed in a corn husk, and is filled with meat, cheese, or fruits. Some families would order tamales from local restaurants, while some would make hundreds on their own and share with their friends and neighbors.
People in Sweden would have rice pudding with an almond in it on New Year’s Eve. The people who finds the almond is believed to be lucky in the coming year.