If you are the type of person who would like to stay home celebrating New Year’s Eve with your family and cooking some delicious dishes, then this article is definitely for you. Here below is the list of the best New Year’s Day food traditions from different pieces of the globe. I hope that it would give you some new ideas about the dishes you could prepare for your beloved ones when a new promising year full of luck is coming outdoor. List of the best New Year's Day dishes from many different cuisines all over the world

1. Banh Chung, Vietnam

Have you ever been in Vietnam before? If yes, I am sure that you did heard about this Vietnamese traditional cake quite often.

Banh Chung (or steamed square cake) is a Vietnamese traditional sticky rice cake. It has become an essential dish on Tet holiday. This amazing cake is made from glutinous rice, soy beans and pork in the middle of the cake. Then people use green leaves to cover the cake from outside. Vietnamese people believe that the cake is the symbol of the Earth, the symbol of peace and luck for a new year.

List of the best New Year's Day dishes from many different cuisines all over the world

2. Eating a dozen grapes while the clock strikes midnight, Spain

Now guess what Spaniards do while counting down the seconds till the clock strikes midnight. They eat 12 grapes, each one for each stroke. It sounds really interesting, right? This is a tradition in this beautiful country. Since grape is considered as a lucky fruit, it symbolizes fortune for a new happy year ahead.

List of the best New Year's Day dishes from many different cuisines all over the world

3. Rosca de reyes, Mexico

Rosca de Reyes origins from Mexico. It is a traditional sweet bread specially prepared during Three King’s Day on the 6th of January annually. Epiphany is another name used to call this special celebration. It is written that Epiphany is the day when three Wise Men have visited the Christ Child.

It is not just the celebration for Christians but is considered as a New Year Celebration in the whole country. During the holiday, three kings come to give Mexican kids presents, they could even put the gifts in the kids’ shoes which have been left outdoor since the night before.

This delicious sweet bread is simply made from flour and topped with dried fruits, nuts and sugar. Eating this ring-shaped bread is believed to bring more luck to Mexican people.

List of the best New Year's Day dishes from many different cuisines all over the world

4. Tteokguk, South Korea

Tteokguk is a Korean traditional rice soup prepared when a new year comes. This delightful soup is cooked using meat broth, rice cakes, meat and vegetables. People also enjoy the dish with boiled eggs and seaweed on top.

Tteokguk plays an essential role in Korean cuisine. There is a joke in Korea that you do not need to ask about a person’s age directly, just ask how many bowls of tteokguk they have eaten in their life. Eating this symbolic tteokguk on New Year’s Day is believed to bring good luck and wealth to Korean people. Not only on New Year’s Day, but Korean people also cook this savory tteokguk in their daily life.

  • List of the best New Year's Day dishes from many different cuisines all over the world
  • List of the best New Year's Day dishes from many different cuisines all over the world
  • List of the best New Year's Day dishes from many different cuisines all over the world

5. Raw egg, El Salvador

Relax, people in El Salvador do not eat raw eggs to welcome a new year, but they have the superstition that cracking a raw egg into a glass of water when the clock strikes midnight and leaving it overnight would give you an omen about your future in the upcoming year.

List of the best New Year's Day dishes from many different cuisines all over the world

6. Lentils, Italy

If you are preparing a New Year’s Day dinner, try to cook a dish with lentils like Italian people do all the time when a new year is coming. Eating lentils in Italy is considered as a national tradition while celebrating New Year’s Eve.

The legume itself is believed to bring luck and wealth to the person who eats it all through the coming year since it has the shape of a coin. Lentils are usually cooked with pork sausage or cotechino.

List of the best New Year's Day dishes from many different cuisines all over the world

7. Pomegranate, Turkey

In Turkey, people never forget about pomegranate when celebrating New Year’s Eve. The juicy fruit is considered as a national symbol of the country. It symbolizes luck, wealth and fertility for a new coming year. It is usually smashed this delicious sweet and sour fruit into the floor at midnight traditionally. It is believed that the more seeds bursting out, the better luck you would get in the new year.

List of the best New Year's Day dishes from many different cuisines all over the world

8. Black-eyed peas and pork, America

Similar to greens, black-eyed peas or beans are also believed as the symbols of coins and wealth. A delightful dish made from well-marinated pork and black-eyed peas is obligatory for the first dinner of the new year in America.

Moreover, there is a special dish called Hoppin’ John’s dish. It origins from the South of the continent. It is cooked using black-eyed peas, pork and rice whenever a new year comes. The dish itself symbolizes fortunes and wealth in the next promising year.

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