December 31, 2012

Did You Know. . .

that in Denmark boiled cod is what is typically eaten on New Year's Eve?

that in Holland Olie Bollen (translation:  oil balls) is what the Dutch will eat on this night?  Olie Bollen are puffy donuts that can be filled with raisins, diced apples and currants.

that the Polish people will often dine on herring on New Year's Eve because it is said to bring good fortune throughout the new year?

that  the Japanese will eat noodles at the stroke of midnight while listening for the Buddhist temple bells?  These bells are said to purify the listener of their sins.

that in Cuba, Spain and Mexico twelve grapes are eaten when the clock strikes twelve - one for each chime?  Each one symbolizes the twelve months of the new year, and if the grape tastes sweet that month will be a good month.  However, if the grape tastes sour, that month will be sour.

that in Germany you will see carp on the menu for New Year's Eve?  You will also find that some Germans put a few of the carp's scales in their wallets to help bring  financial luck in the coming year!

that the Chinese burn crackers on New Year's Eve because they believe this frightens the evil spirits away?

that in the southern United States, black-eyed peas is the traditional fare because it is believed to bring good luck in the new year?  Other foods often seen on the menu include collard greens, cornbread, cabbage and kale -- it will give you wealth. . . supposedly!

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