Ringing in the New Year in style may look different, depending on what country’s traditions you wish to honor. Consider the following foods that are considered a vital part of these national culinary New Year traditions:
1. Spain — grapes. To bring prosperity.
2. Germany — pork and suerkraut. The more strands in a bowl, the more prosperity the new year will bring. Pigs symbolize wealth and prosperity in many European countries, where they are enjoyed as sausages in Germany and pig’s feet in Sweden.
3. Japan — soba noodles. The soba symbolizes longevity (because of their long, thin shape) and letting go of last year’s troubles.
4. Scotland — whisky, black bun and shortbread. These treats are part of the traditional “first footing” of the new year, which comes after Hogmanay (Scottish New Year’s Eve celebrations). The first person to enter your home in the new year brings gifts symbolizing good luck for the coming year. That visitor is traditionally tall, dark and handsome and if he comes carrying booze and a sweet, rich fruitcake.
5. U.S. — black-eyed peas and collard greens. The legumes represent coins and the greens represent dollars — when served together, it’s a wish for prosperity.
6. Mexico — rosca de reyes, or 3 Kings Bread. This ring-shaped cake is baked with a trinket or two inside and decorated with candied fruit. Finding the trinket in your slice means luck’s coming your way.
Thanks to Bellevue/Eastside Blog for these fun and tasty traditions.