Five Food Traditions to Ring In the New Year

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Noodles
In Japan, slurping up toshikoshi soba noodles on New Year's leads to a lengthy life. "Toshikoshi" means to jump from one year to the next, and the long, skinny buckwheat noodles are symbolic of longevity.

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Kransekage
This towering Danish cake is made with up to 18 marzipan wreaths, sometimes topped with frosting, chocolate or almonds. Shaped loosely like a horn of plenty, the treat is said to promise future happiness and financial success.

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Pulled pork burritos from Whisk Gourmet

Pork
Little piggies root forward, pushing their snouts ahead to search for food. Such a mannerism may be their downfall, however, as it's considered good luck to eat them when heading into a New Year. In addition, their chubby figures are symbolic of abundance. In Germany, many eat pork paired with saurkraut (also believed to bring wealth) on New Year's Day.

Put all of the above together and that's one hell of a weird, fortuitous feast.

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