Which Festival of Light Is Celebrated the World Over?

It’s New Year’s Eve of course – with 24 hours of celebrations around the globe! Back in the day of the Concorde – a supersonic jet built by Great Britain and France in the 70s, you could celebrate New Year’s Eve in London listening to Big Ben chime, then fly to the Big Apple in time to watch the ball drop at midnight. Those days may be gone but that doesn’t mean revelers – including you – can’t ring in the new year with unique and fun-filled festivities and foods:

  • How about a Cuban New Year’s Eve with these 8 traditions? After you’ve cleaned the house, save the bucket of dirty water because you’ll remove any old juju by throwing it out the door at midnight. As the clock strikes twelve, eat 12 grapes and wash them down with Sidra, a Spanish hard cider.  Now, about that thing in the old year that still haunts you? Build an effigy and burn it outside after midnight to rid yourself of it. While you’re out there, take a walk with a suitcase to bring travels in the new year and place an envelope of money in the mailbox for prosperity in 2020. Finally, go back inside, hug your friends and relatives and dance the night away!

  •  If you’re in Denmark, you’ll start the celebration by watching Queen Margrethe’s New Year’s Eve speech from Fredensborg Castle at 6 pm sharp. In the states, you can revel in a Danish New Year’s Eve by starting with a dinner of boiled cod with mustard sauce, stewed kale and cured saddle of pork. For dessert, enjoy a Kransefagen, a towering cake made from layers of marzipan rings. The cake’s turret shape promises happiness and wealth for the coming year. Just before midnight, watch Dinner for One, shown every year on Danish TV but you can watch it HERE. At midnight, step outside and throw plates at your neighbors door as a sign of friendship. We promise that it will be exciting!

  • Interested in adding new and unique food traditions into your celebration? Try Japanese toshikoshi soba which symbolize long life while the buckwheat flour in the noodles will bring resiliency in the new year. Or, eat a Greek Vasilopita, in which is hidden a coin to bring good luck. My Italian relatives eat Cotechino con lenticchie, sausage and lentils, because lentils represent money and good fortune. Or, like Germans and eastern Europeans, eat a plate of sauerkraut to bring wealth in the new year – the more you eat, the bigger your bankroll will be in 2020!

From the Gersky’s family to yours, we wish you health, good fortune, happiness and prosperity in the new year!

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