Unique New Years Eve Food Traditions

New Year’s Eve is full of many traditions, particularly food centered traditions! Depending on the country the traditional foods can vary greatly. Some families even have their own unique personal traditions. Here are some common (and one not so...

New Year's Eve PartyNew Year’s Eve is full of many traditions, particularly food centered traditions! Depending on the country the traditional foods can vary greatly. Some families even have their own unique personal traditions.

Here are some common (and one not so common) New Years Eve Food Traditions from around the world!

Long Noodles: In Asian countries long noodles (usually stir fried) are eaten at New Years to represent long lives.

Black-Eyed Peas: In the southern US people eat these. They are popular because of their penny-like appearance.

Black Eyed Peas
Black Eyed Peas

Lentils: Considered good luck in Hungary and Italy, this food also represents wealth when boiled!

Pomegranate: In Turkey this represents the human heart and fertility. A great way to usher in the New Year.

Rosca de reyes (Ring shaped cake): In Mexico a treasure is hidden inside this round ring shaped cake. Should you find it, it is believed to represent good fortune in the coming year.

Round Fruit: In many countries eating round fruit like mandarin oranges or tangerines is considered good luck. The round shape represents coins and the sweet taste represents a sweet and prosperous future.

Rosca de Reyes
Rosca de Reyes

You'll notice a trend; most traditional New Year’s foods represent something greater. These are just a few of the many traditions found worldwide! There are definitely some neat ones.

Sometimes families create their own traditions. Whether it is having lasagna for dinner, or roasting a ham. Some of these personal traditions can seem very strange. For example, one family fries up garlic and cheese sausage links minutes before midnight and chows down! These traditions are fun and create bonding among the family. Sometimes there isn't any deeper meaning. Sometimes, lasagna is just lasagna. Of course sometimes it means lasagna with family.

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