10 grapes, king cake: See how different cultures ring in the new year with food

Spain - 12 Grapes:

In Spain, it's a tradition to eat 12 grapes at the stroke of midnight, symbolizing good luck for each month of the upcoming year.

United States (Louisiana) - King Cake:

In Louisiana, particularly during Mardi Gras season, people enjoy the King Cake, a sweet pastry decorated in the traditional Mardi Gras colors.

Japan - Toshikoshi Soba:

In Japan, Toshikoshi Soba, or year-crossing noodles, is a customary New Year's Eve dish. The long noodles symbolize longevity and are enjoyed for good luck.

Scotland - Hogmanay Shortbread:

In Scotland, Hogmanay is celebrated with various customs, and shortbread is a popular treat.

Denmark - Kransekage:

Danish New Year celebrations include Kransekage, a tower of almond paste rings, often used in weddings as well. It symbolizes good luck for the coming year.

Philippines - Round Fruits:

Filipinos believe that round shapes symbolize prosperity, so they prepare and consume round fruits like grapes, oranges, and watermelon to welcome the New Year.

Greece - Vasilopita:

In Greece, families bake a special cake called Vasilopita, which contains a hidden coin. The person who finds the coin is believed to have good luck for the year.

Italy - Lentils and Cotechino:

Italians traditionally eat lentils and Cotechino (a type of pork sausage) on New Year's Eve.

Ecuador - Año Viejo Effigies:

In Ecuador, it's a custom to create effigies, known as Año Viejo, representing the old year.

Germany - Marzipan Pigs:

Germans celebrate the New Year with marzipan pigs, symbolizing good luck and fortune for the upcoming year.

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