Ring in the New Year by traveling around the world! Well don’t worry if you don’t have a passport, you can take this trip in the luxury of your own  home and get an amazingly diverse meal out of it! Here are 5 different foods people eat around the world to celebrate the new year!

Turkey: Many famous ethnic foods come from Turkey such as manti, kebab, lokum, and baklava but, on New Year’s Eve, it is the pomegranate that makes their great debut! This citrus fruit is consumed all over Turkey for it is said to symbolize fertility and abundance for the upcoming year.

Scotland: Nothing says Happy New Year like a glass of Scotch whiskey! This delicate drink is a made in Scotland out of malt or grain whiskey. This native scottish drink is used to toast the beginning of the new year. Afterwards, neighbors bring food and drinks to each other’s homes to celebrate the first moments of the new year together!

China: In China, the New Year is celebrated at the end of January. Each year is commemorated by one of the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac cycle. In addition jiaozi, or dumplings, are traditionally eaten to commemorate the new year.  These delicious treats are regarded as a symbol of wealth and longevity. It’s common shape is meant to resemble the shape of early Chinese money!

Sweden and Norway:  In Sweden and Norway the new year commences with rice pudding! It’s  tradition that in the whole batch of rice pudding only a single almond is hidden. Whoever finds the almond is supposed to be prosperous in the upcoming year! Talk about making sure the New Year is “sweet!”

Southern US: In the Southern region of the US, to bring forth a fresh start, fireworks are complemented with a new year’s appetizer comprised of black-eye peas. Although we love some Black Eyed Peas to dance to in the new year, we’re talking about flavoring up these legumes with a touch of molasses, meat, tomato and any other delectable delights to consume at midnight. Because when you do this in the South, you are ushering in a new year filled with prosperity and good luck!

Hope Out Loud would like to wish each and everyone of you a Happy New Year! May your 2017  be filled discovering the wonderment of the world!