Russia: New Years – Food Traditions?


I was drinking my morning cup of coffee & thinking about food traditions for the New Year! You see I just realized that The New Year is right around the corner. It is the 18th of December today… 🙂

In America: There is a Southern saying that dictates eating habits in the Southern United States’ New Year’s:

“Eat poor on New Year’s, eat fat the rest of the year.”

A traditional Southern New Year’s meal includes ham, cornbread, black-eyed peas and collard greens. Both black-eyed peas and collard greens are considered especially lucky additions to the dinner table. Black-eyed peas are thought to bring wealth because they look like little coins, in addition to the fact that they swell when cooked — a sure sign of prosperity. Collard greens are considered lucky because they are green, like greenbacks — money!

This is the food we ate at New Years when I was growing up and I passed this on to my kids!

I am not sure about all Russian traditions but I hear information that helps…

“Now we go to the kitchen on 31 Dec. The table must be crammed with dishes. No room for any more. This is a sign that we believe in – How New Year is celebrated, all the year will be in this way. So people try to put all possible and impossible on the table. We cook as a rule about 8-10 different salads, different sandwiches, many types of preserves. The main dish is potatoes and meat (it can be young pig, or chicken, or turkey, or goose). The idea is eat good and all year will be good! Eat poor then all year will be poor!”

What do you have for New Years food traditions? Maybe it is time to start thinking about that meal…

Kyle Keeton
Windows to Russia…


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