Planning on a trip to celebrate new year is a great idea. Every country around the world celebrate new year with different tradition and culture. You must have known about how Americans celebrate New Year’s Eve with a party, fireworks, and kisses. However, other places in the U.S celebrate the new years with foods. Every region has different food tradition that is interesting to learn. If you are planning to celebrate new years in one of the regions in the U.S, might as well learn about the tradition so you know what to expect during your visit.
Food traditions to celebrate new years
Food is always part of any kind of celebration. It is also part of tradition and culture. Thus, it is kind of hard to separate foods from any activity we have especially on special occasion like new year’s eve. Cakes, noodles, breads, meats are the most common foods to appear during new year celebration. Sharing foods and drinks with families and friends is the main goal of food tradition. Here are example of food tradition to welcome new years in various countries you might visit:
In Japan, the households and families celebrate new year with Soba noodles. The food tradition of eating buckwheat Soba noodles is for the new year’s eve. It is a tradition to bid farewell to the year gone by. There is deep philosophical meaning behind the choice of Soba noodle as the menu of this tradition. Soba noodle has very long length which symbolizes prosperity and longevity.
Oliebollen is a must food to celebrate new year in Netherlands. It is fried oil balls that can be found in street carts in Netherlands. Every households and families consume this snacks during new year’s eve. This snack is similar to doughnut but it is more like dumplings. The dough is spiked with raisins or currants. It is dipped into deep fryer and dusted with powdered sugar. It is great to eat when it’s still scorching hot.
In Mexico, the people celebrate new year by eating Tamales. It is a must new year food tradition. It is basically corn dough stuffed with various ingredients including meats, cheese, and other additions. It’s all then wrapped in banana leaves or corn husks. The cooking process is not that long. Most women in Mexico can make this iconic food. For new year’s celebration, this food is often served with Menudo. It is a tripe and hominy soup which is a perfect companion for Tamales.
Twelve grapes is part of food tradition to celebrate new years in Spain. Eating grapes is precisely done at the stroke of midnight. People eat one grape during the countdown of the new year. It is quite iconic food tradition you can try if you happen to celebrate new year’s eve in Spain. You can just head to the square such as the Puerta del Sol to join the crowds and bring your prepared grapes.