New year's traditions around the world
For the new year, restaurants feature legumes, said to promise abundance for the coming months, or piglet for luck. However, don't look for rabbit, chicken or fish on the menu: they may signify your luck fleeing, flying or swimming away in the new year!
Basler Läckerli were created during the Council of Basel (1431-1449) for the church representatives. The name, from the German lecker (delicious), came about in 1720, to refer to these little square cookies that are a cousin to gingerbread. In fact, they can be spice-based, containing cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves, or made from honey, almonds and dried fruits. Usually served to celebrate the new year, they have become iconic in Basel. Aficiondados have a special technique for eating them: they break them into little pieces and let them dissolve on the tongue.
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The New Year's meal is always served in the home of the head of the family. Each food is specially chosen because it is a symbol of happiness. The most important food is certainly mochi, sticky rice that is boiled and ground to make the traditional cakes that mark the new year.
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In Britain, the ceremony of First Footing is traditionally observed in the early hours of New Year's Day. A piece of bread is left outside a door, with a piece of coal and a silver coin, and is supposed to bring you food, warmth and riches in the year ahead.
Godcakes were handed out at the beginning of the year by godparents to godchildren. Historically, those fluffy treats ranged in size and price, depending on the pocket and / or generosity of the godparent.
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Who will see the new year under the auspices of gold and silver?
The St. Basil cake is traditionally placed in the centre of the table and always contains a piece of gold. The honour of cutting the cake falls to the father of the family at the stroke of midnight.
You will find also pile of kourabiedes, thick cookies generously dusted with powdered sugar.
The Oliebollen are small ball-shaped doughnuts stuffed with raisins and currants, sprinkled generously with icing sugar, as if they were snow-capped. It is traditional to serve oliebollen to celebrate the arrival of the new year with a glass of champagne. ...
Saurkraut with smoked sausages
One of the most popular winter dishes in Croatia is the tasty stuffed rolled cabbage leaves known as Sarma. It is a winter staple traditionally served on New Year’s Eve, generously stuffed with meat, rice and seasoned with paprika.
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