This is the PowerPoint of a comparison between American holidays & International holidays.
New Year foods around the world:
- Grapes: In Spain, it’s tradition to scarf down 12 grapes at midnight. One for each of the clock’s chimes. The custom can be traced to 1909, when a grape surplus in the country’s Alicante region inspired growers to find a way to offload their crop. The idea later spread to Portugal, Venezuela, Cuba, Mexico, Ecuador, and Peru. Each grape represents a different month, so if for instance the third grape is a bit sour, March might be a rocky month.
- Lentils: Italians believe that lentils’ coin-like shape represents luck and wealth, which is why they’re served after midnight on New Year’s Eve. They’re often accompanied by the spicy pork sausage cotechino and zampone, a pig trotter stuffed with sausage meat.
- Hoppin’ John and Collard Greens: This Southern specialty, a dish of rice and black-eyed peas, is traditionally served on New Year’s and will bring whoever eats them a dose of good luck.
- Soba: The buckwheat-based soba noodles eaten in Japan on New Year’s Eve are called toshikoshi, which translates to “to climb or jump from the old year to the new.” Soba’s shape and length are also mean lean and long life.
- Tteokguk: This rice cake soup is customarily eaten in Korea on the first day of the Lunar calendar, called Seollal, which isn’t until February. In modern times, however, Koreans also eat tteokguk on Western New Year’s Day. Traditionally, according to Korean age reckoning, everyone’s age went up one year on Seollal, and the process wasn’t totally complete until you had a bowl of tteokguk.
- Cakes: Round or ring-shaped cakes are eaten around the world, representing the cyclical nature of life. There’s vasilopita in Greece, galette des rois in France, banitsa in Bulgaria, and Rosca de Reyes in Mexico. Inside many cakes is secreted a gold coin or figure, meant to symbolize a prosperous year ahead for whoever finds it.
- Pickled Herring: New Year’s tradition in Poland and parts of Scandinavia dictates that people eat herring at midnight. It’s thought to herald a year of prosperity. The tradition is a nod to herring’s abundance in these places.
- Sauerkraut: Eating sauerkraut on New Year’s Eve is considered good luck in Germany. The number of shreds of cabbage in the dish of sauerkraut represents the amount of goodness and money you’ll have in the new year.
- Pork: In Germany and Austria, eating pork is a must on New Year’s. In Germany, pig-shaped marzipan treats are even given as gifts.