Wednesday, December 30, 2009

out with the old

In with the new, and as my contribution to this we will be engaging in a variety of New Year traditions from around the world. For example did you know that Buddhists squirt water on each other, strangers included. 4000 years ago the new year was celebrated with the vernal equinox, spring time, as a symbol of new growth and the promise of prosperity. So we will have hoppin john or texas caviar or whatever you want to call them even though black eyed peas for luck dates back to the Pharaohs, and 12 grapes and noodles for longevity and candles to welcome the light for my Scandinavian friends, babies for new year started in Greece in 600 bc so we will have a baby symbol, we will eat fruits in honor of my Tamil friends, we will wait till April for my Sri Lankan and Punjab friends, we will eat some challah and fish, we will celebrate Diwali when it rolls around in the fall, we will laugh for Oshogatsu, we wont forget about Yuan Tan later in the month with a lot of loud noises and on and on and on.

How New Year is said around the world

Arabic: Kul 'aam u antum salimoun
Brazilian: Boas Festas e Feliz Ano Novo means "Good Parties and Happy New Year"
Chinese: Chu Shen Tan
Czechoslavakia: Scastny Novy Rok
Dutch: Gullukkig Niuw Jaar
Finnish: Onnellista Uutta Vuotta
French: Bonne Annee
German: Prosit Neujahr
Greek: Eftecheezmaenos o Kaenooryos hronos
Hebrew: L'Shannah Tovah Tikatevu
Hindi: Niya Saa Moobaarak
Irish (Gaelic): Bliain nua fe mhaise dhuit
Italian: Buon Capodanno
Khmer: Sua Sdei tfnam tmei
Laotian: Sabai dee pee mai
: Godt Nytt År!
Philippines In tagalog:
Manigong Bagong Taon
: Szczesliwego Nowego Roku
Portuguese: Feliz Ano Novo
Russian: S Novim Godom
Serbo-Croatian: Scecna nova godina
Spanish: Feliz Ano Neuvo
Prospero Ano Nuevo
Turkish: Yeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun
Vietnamese: Cung-Chuc Tan-Xuan

Any traditions you want to share I am open and I will incorporate what I can, as much as I can. This will NOT be my final post before the new year but tomorrows post will most likely be very simple. Eat something special and be aware of why!


Anette said...

Norwegian: Godt Nytt År!

Marjie said...

My great grandfather's 3rd wife was a southern belle, and we always had to have black eyed peas on New Years. Sorry, but I hated them, so I don't carry on. Nice to see you trying out so many things!

Dawn said...

chinese food eaten on NYE is good luck.

Dawn said...

oh AND, holding a $20 bill, folded in your hand when the clock strikes 12am is good luck too. (I have no idea why....LOL)
Burn a slipper and dance backwards when the clock strikes....(teasing)

Donna-FFW said...

I have what I am going to eat planned already.

Wishing you and yours the very best this year!

Melody said...

In Southern Italy they throw all their old furniture and things they don't want anymore out of their apartment windows and into the streets. Out with the old....

doggybloggy said...

anette: thanks its been included

marjie: I hate the grassy taste of black eyed peas but I will have a bite

dawn: dancing backwards with a 20 spot and burning slippers sounds great

donna: do you have the whole year planned as well?

melody: I would love to do that but its such a hastle trudging new furniture up 5 flights of stairs.

Ciao Chow Linda said...

Italians eat lentils on New Year's day as a way of auguring prosperity for the year ahead.

doggybloggy said...

ciao linda: "auguring" isnt that a conjugation of a word that pokes holes? Lentils it is!

Fresh Local and Best said...

Happy New Year! This is a very interesting post. I tried to sound out all of the New Year saying until I got to Khmer, that was very hard! :)

Sweta said...

Naye saal ki shubhkamnaye :)

A Year on the Grill said...

Fall asleep about 10:30 PM and then cuss the neighbor kids that set off fireworks at midnight...

good times

nora@ffr said...

happy new year!! :D:D my mom is cooking for new years eve!! :D:D

Joanne said...

I love all of these New Years traditions. I am definitely going to go purchase some grapes.

buffalodick said...

My Dad always ate oyster stew on New Year's Eve- I have no idea why...

TavoLini said...

I'd better get started eating now or I will never eat all the correct foods for a good 2010 ;)

Happy happy!

The Blonde Duck said...

Have a wonderful New Year's Eve!

My Carolina Kitchen said...

We're having southern black-eyed peas with ham and French champagne.
Bonne annee,

Jill said...

Happy New Year! Your food blog has made my stomach rumble more than any other!

Anonymous said...

Have a great one DB! I know that you will have food to remember!

pigpigscorner said...

Happy new year!

Jenn said...

In tagalog: Manigong Bagong Taon!

i always have spaghetti and some type of soup.

Lea Ann said...

Loved this post and reading all the comments. Black-eyed Peas is the only tradition I know. And our family tradition is Osso Bucco Dinner on NYE

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