TAKE A BITE OUT OF THE WORLD’S MOST INTERESTING NEW YEAR’S FOOD TRADITIONS
Three, two, one…there are countless ways to usher in the New Year. We’ve gathered up some of the most interesting food traditions and traditional New Year’s Eve food from around the world. From breaking bread in Armenia to breaking dishes in Denmark to popping bottles in the United States, New Year’s Eve is anything but an ordinary night.
Counting down the New Year may look different around the world, but one thing that unites is food love. Cue the confetti and Champagne because it’s time to party like it’s 2024!
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Armenia: Breaking Bread
Families make and break a specially made gata (a sweet flatbread) on New Year’s Eve. Tucked inside the bread is a coin or walnut and the recipient of the lucky slice is believed to have the most luck in the new year.
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China: Wrapping Dumplings
On Chinese New Year’s Eve (which is in January or February, depending on the lunar calendar), families gather together to wrap dumplings. The dumplings are wrapped into the shape of ancient Chinese silver and gold ingots, which symbolize wealth.
Some families add a gold coin inside a dumpling, and the person who gets this special dumpling is believed to have good luck in the coming year. At the stroke of midnight, families eat dumplings and launch fireworks, a tradition traced to the legend of Nian, a ferocious monster that was afraid of the color red and loud noises. It is believed the noisy fireworks scared the monster.
Denmark: Smashing Dishes
Instead of celebrating with fireworks, Danes prefer to smash plates in the doorways of their dearest friends and family. They also jump on furniture and then hop off at the stroke of midnight during a tradition known as hoppe ind i det nye år.
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Japan: Slurping Soba
Usher in the new year with a bowl of toshikoshi soba, super-long buckwheat soba noodles, which symbolize longevity.
Mexico: Wrapping Tamales
In Mexico, families host tamaladas (tamale making parties) and get together to wrap tamales, bundles of corn masa (a dough made of maize, or corn) and stuffed with seasoned meat, pork, cheese, beans, veggies, or sweet fillings like coconut, raisins, and pineapple and steamed in a corn husk or banana leaf.
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Russia: Eating & Drinking
Father Frost, bearing gifts, pays a visit to children while adults indulge in culinary delights like pelmeni (dumplings) with sour cream, caviar, and vodka.
Scotland: First Foot
Revelers pay close attention to starting off on the right food in the New Year. It is believed that whomever is the “first foot” through the door is indicative of the luck that awaits. Goal: it should be a dark-haired male bearing treats like shortbread and whisky (we can’t think of a better way to start the new year!).
Spain: Gobbling Grapes
When the clock strikes 12, it’s time to gobble down one-dozen grapes, each one symbolizing a month of the coming year. Celebrants time the tradition, eating one grape at each toll of the church bell at Puerta del Sol in Madrid, a celebration that is broadcast live on television.
Turkey: Smashing Pomegranates
As the clock strikes midnight, revelers place pomegranates in their doorways, which are smashed at the stroke of midnight. It is believed that the number of seeds that spew out correlates to the amount of luck one can expect in the new year.
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United States: Popping Bottles
Whether you head out to a live concert, attend a local party like the Idaho Potato Drop in Boise, Idaho that features the flight and descent of the #GlowTato or watch a 600-pound electric MoonPie drop during MoonPie Over Mobile in Alabama, or stay home to tune in to watch the iconic 12-foot, 11,875-pound Waterford crystal ball drop in New York’s Times Square, pop some Champagne and toast to another new year.
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