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As December draws to a close we come together to see in a shiny new year, and what better way to gather and celebrate with friends and family, whether it’s for drinks and canapes, or a dinner?
So we did some research into how the world rejoices their New Year. Check out these celebratory dinner ideas. After all, what’s a celebration without food, right?!
Enjoying both sizzling temperatures and sizzling grills, Australians celebrate New Year’s Eve with a barbecue, with grilled sausage, steak and lamb. What better way to bring a group of people around and gather around the barbie!
The tradition of eating soba noodles dates back to the 17th century. Long noodles symbolize longevity and prosperity so families will either eat buckwheat soba noodles or toshikoshi soba to welcome in the new year.
The South Korean New Year takes place on February 16 and is viewed as a type of birthday celebrations where people come together and celebrates being a year older. The tradition of tteokguk is believed to give those who eat this broth filled with rice cakes, meat and vegetables, topped with egg, roasted seaweed and spring onions, another year of age. Cheers to that!
In Italy lentils are also considered to be prosperous, due to its round coin-shape, representing future prosperity. NYE in Italy is celebrated with a dish that originated from Modena but is enjoyed across the country. La Festa di San Silvestro starts with a sausage and lentil stew to bring in good luck and prosperity.
When the clock strikes midnight in Spain, it’s tradition to eat 12 grapes at each bell toll. Each grape represents each month of the new year. Sweet grapes will represent good months ahead, but watch out for the sour grapes which could represent bad. Just be careful of the speed you consume them, otherwise January might not be so great!
Germans like to eat doughnuts called Berliners or krapfen around midnight on New Year’s Eve. The doughnuts are filled with fruit jam and topped with powdered sugar. Although we weren’t too keen when we read about the practical jokes some people play on their guests, sometimes filling the doughnuts with mustard! Germans also view pigs as a sign of prosperity and have glücksschwein, tiny cute pigs made from marzipan or sugary almond paste, to promise an extra sweet New Year!
Rosca de Reyes is bread in the shape of a ring decorated with fruits, nuts and sugar. Placed inside before baking is a model of baby Jesus and whoever finds him on January 6th (the Epiphany) is considered blessed. They must take the figure to church on Candlemas (February 2nd) and provide a feast of tamales (corn dough packets stuffed with meat, cheese and other tasty ingredients) and atole, a drink made from ground corn, cinnamon, water and sugar.
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