It so happened that the main decorations of the New Year's table in Russia are: champagne, tangerines and Olivier salad. Frankly speaking, the products are not of Russian origin, but it is simply impossible to imagine a festive table without them. And what do they eat for the New Year in other countries of the world?
Residents of the southern states of the United States are sure that on this night there must be dishes of peas and beans on the table, as they symbolize money.
In Israel, it is not customary to put salty, sour or bitter dishes on the New Year's table. Here they wish each other a good, sweet New Year. The usual dishes for this holiday are fish or lamb's head, baked apples with honey, beets and other root vegetables.
But the inhabitants of Poland are sure that there should be exactly 12 dishes on the table. Moreover, you will not see meat on the table. But fish dishes are an indispensable attribute. And also: mushroom soup, roll with apples, barley porridge with prunes. In addition, in Poland and Germany, you need to eat a piece of herring to the chime. Moreover, the sharper it is, the more successful the New Year will be.
In Austria, Hungary and the countries of the former Yugoslavia, it is not customary to eat poultry dishes on this night: it is believed that happiness, in this case, can fly away from home.
In Spain, Portugal and Cuba, the vine has long been considered a symbol of wealth and prosperity. Therefore, after each strike of the chimes, you need to eat one grape, that is, only 12 pieces. At the same time, you need to make wishes.
It is customary among the inhabitants of Tibet for the holiday not only to bake mountains of pies, but also to treat them to both acquaintances and complete strangers. It is generally accepted that the more pies you distribute, the richer you will be in the coming year.
The Italian New Year's table also looks generous: smoked salmon, truffles, cod, pannetone (similar to our Easter cake). Also on the table should be grapes, lentils and nuts - symbols of longevity and financial well-being.
But the Danes have a slightly different idea of the symbol of well-being. This is cod, dishes from which must be on the festive table by all means.
In Japan, on New Year's Eve, it is customary to eat seaweed, boiled fish, herring caviar, and fried chestnuts. But there are no noisy feasts in Japan, it is customary to think on this night about what awaits a person in the coming year.
Celebrating the New Year in Australia is significantly different from the holiday in the Nordic countries. Australians prefer to celebrate this event not in a close family circle, but on the beaches. The usual New Year's treat for Australians is a barbecue with green asparagus and strawberries for dessert.