New Year’s Eve is celebrated in various communities.
When the clock strikes midnight, wishes of “Happy New Year,” “Feliz Año Nuevo,” and “Bonne Ane” erupt at parties and squares around the world. Different cultures and countries attach special meaning to the New Year and celebrate it with different traditions and superstitions, bringing good luck and new opportunities.
Famous dishes are one of the common customs that brings communities together during the New Year season. Whether he eats a dozen grapes at midnight or passes a bowl of black-eyed peas and collards around the table on New Year’s Day, he does so for good luck in the coming year.
Discover unique eating habits from around the world that are believed to celebrate the New Year and bring good luck to participants.
Southern cuisine and black-eyed peas
Eating black-eyed peas and collard greens is a Southern staple on New Year’s Day.
According to Southern Living, black-eyed peas bring good luck and collard greens bring financial prosperity.
In his book “Southern Cooking: At Home, on the Street, and Through History,” Southern food expert John Egerton also links black-eyed peas to “mystical, mythical powers that bring good fortune.” It has said.
It is said that eating collard greens will bring you financial prosperity in the new year.
Korean rice cake and dumpling soup
According to New York Times Magazine columnist Eric Kim, Koreans traditionally eat rice cake and dumpling soup on New Year’s Day.
In both the Gregorian and lunar calendars, eating ozoni marks the end of the year.
“White as snow and shaped like small coins, the rice cakes symbolize purity and good fortune. The long cylindrical logs used to cut these round logs are called garetok and represent longevity. It is said that,” Kim wrote.
Tamales are associated with family, unity, and celebration
Tamales, made from corn dough stuffed with meat, cheese, and other toppings and wrapped in banana leaves or corn husks, are very popular in Mexico for special occasions.
According to History.com, tamales are a symbol of family. Generations of families come together to create labor-intensive dishes that are eaten throughout the holiday season.
In Mexico, the holiday season runs from the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on December 12th to Three Kings Day on January 6th.
12 midnight grapes
The tradition of eating 12 grapes at midnight and making a wish on each grape originated in Spain.
Although there is debate as to when this superstition began, in the late 19th or early 20th century, people have been eating 12 grapes at midnight all over the world, primarily in Hispanic and Latin countries.
According to NPR, eating a grape every time the clock chimes is believed to bring good luck in the new year. Each grape represents a month of the year.
King cake spans many cultures
New Year’s cake is a dietary custom that spans many cultures.
“The Greeks enjoy basilopita, the French enjoy gateau or galette des rois, Mexicans enjoy rosca de reyes, and Bulgarians enjoy banitsa,” writes CNN Travel’s Amanda Krut.
Most king cakes are consumed at midnight on New Year’s Day, but in some cultures they are eaten at Christmas or Epiphany (Twelfth Night, which historically commemorates the arrival of the three wise men/kings of Bethlehem who delivered the gifts). To celebrate, eat king cake on January 6th. (to the baby Jesus). Hidden inside the cakes are gold coins, figurines and sometimes plastic babies, Eater said, symbolizing a prosperous year for anyone who finds one inside a slice.
In New Orleans, king cake and Mardi Gras have a deep connection. These cakes will be on sale from the beginning of January until Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent.
Fish: seared, pickled, etc.
Fish means fertility, is a symbol of prosperity, and is eaten during New Year’s celebrations in many cultures around the world.
According to Pioneer Woman, “Fish swim in large schools, so they are considered a symbol of abundance, and because their scales shine, they are considered a symbol of good luck.”
In Chinese, “fish” means “surplus.”
According to Delish, the way you cook fish depends on where you live.
According to the site, “In Asian cultures, people eat whole fish around Chinese New Year, while in Europe they eat carp, herring, and cod.”
Gianna Montesano contributed to this report