NEW YEARS

German tradition is to eat herring at the stroke of midnight to bring good luck for the New Year.

In Austria, suckling pig is the traditional dinner for New Year’s Day and is said to symbolize good luck. Often the New Year’s table also is decorated with miniature pigs made of marzipan, maple sugar or chocolate.

Most food folklore suggests that New Year’s celebrations should include pork and sauerkraut to ensure good luck in the coming year.

The Dutch eat chicken stuffed with sauerkraut at Christmas to mark the end the year and celebrate the beginning of the New Year. The reason for chicken?  Because the animal scratches the ground, it symbolizes scratching the earth over the old year
 

 

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