24 New Year’s Food and Drink Traditions Around the World
‘Happy New Year!’ may not be said the same way in every culture, but people everywhere ring in the New Year with celebratory food and drinks alongside family and friends. How we celebrate depends on where in the world we are on the last day of the year because New Year’s traditions differ from country to country. But no matter where it’s celebrated, New Year’s is always welcomed with traditional food and drink.
Here in the United States, the beginning of a new year is celebrated with Champagne toasts at midnight. In Estonia, it’s traditional to eat seven, nine, or 12 meals on New Year’s Eve, with part of each meal left unfinished for the spirits of ancestors who visit the house that day.
Australians celebrate the New Year with a barbecue, grilling sausage, steak, and lamb. And people in Scotland participate in the tradition of "first footing" on New Year’s Day, bringing gifts of shortbread, a black bun, and whisky to a neighbor’s house.
However you celebrate, there are plenty of ways to say "Happy New Year!" with food and drink, from Australia to Japan to Wales.
On New Year’s Day, Argentineans eat beans, following the belief that eating beans will help them keep their current job or find a better one in the new year.
Australians celebrate the New Year with a barbecue, grilling sausage, steak, and lamb. But younger crowds might spend the day at the beach or at a music festival like Space Ibiza in Sydney.
Haley Willard is The Daily Meal's assistant editor. Follow her on Twitter @haleywillrd.