With a new year on the horizon, preparations will soon be underway for celebrations to mark the moment we enter 2022 into 2023. Whether you’re celebrating alone, hosting or attending an intimate gathering, or going to a large New Year’s Eve party, we’ve put together a list of foods to try to bring some happiness into the New Year.
According to Delish, in countries like Spain and Mexico, when the clock strikes midnight, people try to eat 12 grapes as quickly as possible because each grape brings good luck for the next 12 months.
Delish even has a great Prosecco Grapes recipe for the occasion if you want some grapes with a twist.
Pour the prosecco and vodka over the grapes in a large bowl. Then leave it in the fridge for at least an hour.
After the hour is up, drain the grapes in a colander and pat dry. Then place the grapes on a small baking sheet and pour sugar over them. Shake the pan back and forth until the grapes are completely coated in sugar and ready to serve.
Eating hearty vegetables like cabbage or kale during your New Year’s celebration is also believed to bring prosperity into the New Year, so it would make a great accompaniment to your other New Year’s celebration dishes.
While the other foods are said to bring luck and prosperity, the super-long noodles are said to bring a long life.
Any noodle will do, as long as it’s long and you can cook it without breaking it in half.
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The tradition of consuming pomegranate seeds to ring in the New Year dates back to Greece, where the whole fruit is thrown across the ground, releasing a sea of seeds symbolizing the New Year’s abundance.
Enjoy the seeds in a salad or a cocktail for your celebrations.
“In Asian cultures, people feast on whole fish around the Lunar New Year, and in Europe people eat carp, herring, and cod,” writes Delish.
Perhaps you could try serving up all your fish during an intimate dinner, sharing dishes with loved ones, to invite abundance into your New Year.
You could even make it an annual tradition.
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Not only main courses bring luck. Round desserts such as bundts, donuts, layer cakes, cookies and more are believed to bring a full circle of happiness in the New Year.
Even something as simple as buttered bread can bring good luck, say the Irish, who have a number of traditions involving bread on New Year’s Eve.
Delicious reports that there are so many traditions of this kind that January 1 is known to some as “Bread and Butter Day.”
And it’s not just about eating the bread. You are expected to bang the bread against a door frame to drive away bad luck.
Other times, happiness comes from sharing the freshly baked bread with friends, loved ones, and neighbors.
Shaped like small purses or the coins themselves and meant to represent prosperity, wealth and health, dumplings are an important part of New Year’s traditions around the world, from Chinese jiao zi to Russian pelmeni.
Homemade dumplings are also considered a labor of love, so Delish advises gathering a loved one and letting everyone help you put it together.
“Popping champagne to ring in the new year is a tradition that dates back to the 19th century. It was a drink associated with wealth and nobility, so drinking it at midnight (and all night) is a way to welcome prosperity into your own life for the year ahead,” advises Delish.
This view is shared by ABSA, which hosts an annual champagne festival aimed at celebrating the noble beverage.
The event is held annually to celebrate champagne – and only champagne – a drink that Head of Corporate Reputation and Integrated Communications Absa CIB Benedict Maaga considers the drink of choice when it comes to cementing friendships and other momentous occasions such as Celebrate future success by solidifying relationships with customers.