Each country cook in New Year and Christmas table endowed in different countries, in different nations to their special meaning, value .
In England for Christmas plumpuding served. It is prepared from fat, bread crumbs, flour, raisins, eggs, and various spices. Before serving pudding pours rum and ignited a blazing put on the table. In addition pudding served turkey sauce gooseberry. In general, for any occasion in England stuffed turkey served with vegetables. Last meal traditionally and for Americans. Preparing turkey, as well as conventional chicken. Nashpigovyvaetsya all that lying around in the fridge: bread, cheese, prunes, garlic, beans, mushrooms, apples, cabbage.
In France, too, the holiday is not a holiday, if for New Year's table is no traditional roast turkey (very possible - in white wine). Still here eat oysters, foie gras, champagne and cheese.
In general, turkey, duck or goose, a bird at all - quite common Christmas dish. In Denmark, eat duck or goose stuffed with fruit (usually apples), rice pudding, cinnamon, sweet rice pudding with cinnamon and raisins (after the manner of a pot of porridge left open to the entire Christmas Eve to Christmas gnomes could eat food and not owners of the house were harmed during the next year). In contrast to the Protestant Lutheran Denmark, where there are fasting, Catholics Lithuanian Christmas Eve eat only lean foods. Their Christmas table consists of piecewise (kuti), salads, fish dishes and other meatless dishes that do not contain meat food. Only the next day, Christmas itself after a family visit to the church is allowed to taste the roast goose.
In Ireland, eat turkey or ham. In Greece: turkey in wine.
But on the festive table of Austria, Hungary, Yugoslavia is never a Christmas goose, duck, chicken, turkey - there believe that there is a bird in the evening can not - fly happiness.
Germans on Christmas necessarily brightly colored dish served with apples, nuts, raisins and all the pies that are baked into this week. Symbolism is a special apple from the tree remains the knowledge of good and evil in the garden, hard-shell nuts and delicious cockles mean mysteries and difficulties of life as the embodiment of the proverb: "God gave nut, but a man must break it." Apples will hang on the Christmas tree, gold and silver nuts too. Walnuts and almonds are used in baking, and marzipan - is the heart of the German Christmas.
In addition, in Germany on Christmas Eve eat carp or herring, for Christmas - roast goose.
But not a single goose hungry people in Christmas. What to eat in other countries?
In Belgium, eat veal sausage with truffles, wild boar meat, traditional cake, wine. Luxembourg consumes blood sausage, apples, local sparkling wine; Netherlands - rabbit, venison or game ... In the Netherlands, since ancient times have been taken, among other things, pickled beans. Salted beans - one of the main national dishes - just for the new year. This is not the "light" food for the stomach, although a pot of beans is enough for 5 people. However, to facilitate the impact on the stomach beans impossible even vodka and red wine, so if you have to try it - follow the measure does not get carried away.
A symbol of abundance, happy home anciently considered vine. Every Cuban, Spanish, Portuguese to chime at midnight to eat grapes, twelve strokes - twelve cherished desires for each month, twelve berries to happiness, to wander in the veins of the earth juice, played by the sun. Grapes, nuts, lentils served in the New Year's Eve in Italy, as a symbol of longevity, health and well-being.
Back in Spain eat roasted lamb, shellfish, turkey, suckling pig and sherry. In Portugal - dried salted cod, very sweet port wine. In Italy - steam cod or perch with white wine.
In Polish families you counted on New Year's table twelve dishes - so custom orders. And not one of meat! Be sure the fish - it is, especially carp, in many countries it is considered a symbol of happiness and well-being; mushroom soup or soup; barley porridge with prunes; gnocchi with butter; chocolate cake for dessert. Required dish - fish. It is in many countries as a symbol of happiness and well-being. Almost the same "set" - on the tables of the Czech and Slovak housewives, only here prefer barley porridge. And be sure to be on the table strudel - apple strudel, the pride of every good housewife. By the way, this strudel cook is not as easy as it may seem ...
In Romania, Australia, Bulgaria bake Christmas cakes, and not simple, but with surprises: who gets the stuffing baked in coin, nut, pepper pod, he will get in the future, the family, he was lucky enough.
In Japan, New Year's cold snacks "on-Sich-RIOR" consist of bringing happiness cold beans with rice, rice cakes, pickles and fresh vegetables. Generally housewives cook on New Year food from bringing, as they feel happiness: seaweed gives joy, roasted chestnuts - success in business, peas and beans - health, boiled fish - calm, good spirits, herring roe - happy family many children. Japanese families help themselves sitting on a lap around a low table, ceremoniously no noisy conversations and drinking songs - nothing should distract from thinking about the future, about what will happen in the coming year.
In Cambodia, the New Year's table placed near windows, served in a family favorite sweets that are meant not only guests, but first and foremost "Santa Hotness" - "sibling" of our Santa Claus.
In Tibet, women bake pies mountains with a variety of toppings to bestow all the familiar and unfamiliar: the more razdash - the richer you will be.
In Russia, at the beginning, when Peter the Great, who ordered to celebrate the New Year from December 31 to January 1, mainly at the festival was not a table, and balls. For dinner and for breakfast at our ancestors were dancing ... yes drink to quench their thirst.