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Want to ward off bad luck, here are the foods you should eat for the New Year

Want to ward off bad luck, here are the foods you should eat for the New Year

The New Year is just around the corner and we are all getting ready for the New Year's Eve dinner. But different cultures wait for 00:00 in special ways, a time when we wish each other health and luck. Some clink glasses, others hug and kiss their loved ones. But we bring you six rituals from different countries to get lucky during 2023.

The Spanish eat 12 grapes for good luck

At the moment the clock strikes 00.00, the Spaniards do not clink their glasses but eat twelve grapes as quickly as possible. Each grain represents good luck for each month of the coming year.

For Armenians, homemade bread brings happiness

The New Year's table in an Armenian home features pig's feet, various meats, fruits and sweets. But in the center of the table is home-made bread, bread is the most important food. A coin is placed inside the bread and the person who finds it is the lucky member of the family.

Russians drink champagne with burnt paper

Although Russians' favorite drink is vodka, in the New Year tradition, Russians prefer champagne with burnt paper. On New Year's Eve, some Russians write a wish on a piece of paper, then burn it and pour the ashes of the paper into champagne. Champagne is drunk as the hands of the clock approach 00.00 and you will be lucky.

Another unusual Russian superstition is: sneezing on New Year's Eve brings luck.

Estonians eat 7, 9 or 12 meals

In Estonia people eat 7, 9 or 12 meals on New Year's Day to have a happy year, these numbers are the country's lucky numbers. It is not mandatory to finish all the food to take advantage of this tradition. Estonians leave some food on their plates for ancestors or spirits that visit the house during the holidays.

For Germans, pancakes filled with jam or mustard define good luck

Për amerikanët jeta konsiderohet një kuti me çokollata, por për gjermanët është një kuti me petulla (donuts) me mbushje misterioze. Gjatë vigjiljes së Vitit të Ri, pastiçierët gjermanë mbushin disa prej petullave me mustardë. Nëse të qëllon petulla me mustardë do të kesh fat të keq gjatë vitit të ardhshëm. Gjermanët e pafatë mund ta largojnë këtë fat të keq duke mbledhur katër gjethe tërfili.

Filipinasit hanë makarona të gjata dhe fruta të rrumbullakëta

When it comes to food, Filipinos are among the most superstitious peoples. For them, long pasta represents a long life and good health, which is why people eat it during the New Year's dinner and also on birthdays. Among other things, round fruits are a food that brings prosperity and health, so they are not missing from the end of the year table for Filipino homes. Some people consume 12 round fruits for every month of the year.

How will you welcome the New Year?