What do you do for New Year?

Jun 17, 2024Liza Mirelman

With everyone around the World having a very different 2020 New Years than planned, we have taken a look at some of the more unusual ways New Years is normally celebrated around the World.

In Japan they eat noodles! Toshikoshi soba, translating as 'year crossing' is a buckwheat noodle dish. These easy-to-cut long noodles symbolise the crossing from year to year and the letting go of regrets. 

In Spain people eat 12 grapes, one at each of the last 12 seconds of the year! But beware as it's considered bad luck if you can't manage all 12 before the clock chimes midnight!
In the Philippines they serve 12 fruits that are all round (symbolising coins) representing wealth for each month of the coming year.
Colombians also have a food-related tradition but they don't eat theirs! They place three potatoes under their beds - one au-natural, one peeled and one half-peeled. At midnight they pull out the first one they touch. Picking the natural potato means you will have no money worries in the coming year. the peeled potato means you will have problems and the half-peeled somewhere in between.
You can't fit round fruits or potatoes through the letterbox so we can't send you those but Postboxed does stock a number of other items that would make perfect gifts to send to loved ones you won't get to see this New Years. So take a long and send someone something special this New Year.

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