New Year’s Food Traditions
If you haven't gone grocery shopping yet, that's good because you could pick up a few of these items to help ring in the new year!
In the U.S., we normally pop champagne, give kisses and cheer to bring in the new year. In different parts of the U.S. and especially around the world, food is an intricate part in welcoming a brand new year. I have had black-eyed peas, greens, and cornbread for good luck. Peas are for pennies, greens are for dollars and cornbread is for gold, according to allrecipes.com.
In the last 12 seconds of the year, Spaniards eat a grape every second until the clock strikes midnight. This has a been a long standing tradition, but very hard to accomplish. Some people peel and remove seeds to make their grape eating more effective.
Pork means progress in the new year. Pigs run around with their snouts moving in a forward motion. This is why many people around the world eat pork on New Year's Day, to represent progress for the new year.
Austria and its neighbor Germany call New Year's Eve Sylvesterabend, or the eve of Saint Sylvester. Austrian revelers 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.Good luck pigs, or Glücksschwein, which are made of all sorts of things, are also common gifts throughout both Austria and Germany.
A good chicken noodle soup in the middle of winter sounds amazing... For good luck and long life, try eating noodles, especially extra-long noodles, to bring long life. It only works if you eat them without breaking them in the middle. Rice is all about fertility and wealth.
There are so many food traditions from around the U.S. and around the world. Just remember, food can always bring people together which makes for wonderful celebrations and relationships stronger. With good friends and good food to start 2020, you should have a great start to a new year.