New Year’s food traditions around the world


本年もどうぞ宜しくお願い致します。 に、各国の伝統的なお正月の料理が紹介されていました。

アメリカ南部、Hoppin’ John
a dish of pork-flavored field peas or black-eyed peas (symbolizing coins) and rice

The dish is said to bring good luck in the new year.

スペイン、Twelve grapes
Madrid の  Puerta del Sol の12時の鐘に合わせて12粒のぶどうを食べるそうです。
At the stroke of midnight, they eat one grape for every toll of the clock bell.

toll : 鐘の1撞き

corn dough stuffed with meat, cheese and other delicious additions and wrapped in a banana leaf or a corn husk

husk : 皮、殻


In Japanese households, families eat buckwheat soba noodles, or toshikoshi soba, at midnight on New Year’s Eve to bid farewell to the year gone by and welcome the year to come. The tradition dates back to the 17th century, and the long noodles symbolize longevity and prosperity.

In another custom called mochitsuki, friends and family spend the day before New Year’s pounding mochi rice cakes. Sweet, glutinous rice is washed, soaked, steamed and pounded into a smooth mass. Then guests take turns pinching off pieces to make into small buns that are later eaten for dessert.