Top 10 International Holiday Food Traditions


New Year's Eve in China

If you're traveling in China this New Year's Eve, plan on enjoying whole steamed fish and uncut noodles. The whole fish, with head and tail intact, is a symbol of long life, good fortune and family togetherness [source: Northwest Asian Weekly]. On some tables, you'll find a whole chicken with the head and feet still on.

The uncut noodles symbolize longevity, and the longer the noodles, the longer the life. You might also eat baked goods with dates, chestnuts and seeds. But be careful about how much of these baked goods you consume, especially if your family is already complete; the seeds represent fertility.

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