The New Year's feast in Estonia is not inferior in scale to ours: the inhabitants of the Baltic country believe in lucky numbers – 7, 9 and 12, and therefore they prepare at least seven dishes for the holiday. It is believed that behind each dish there is the strength of one person, and whoever tries everything on the table will get the strength and luck of seven. The festive menu certainly includes sauerkraut, and marzipan is served for dessert. It is not customary to eat everything completely: some must be left to the spirits of ancestors, who may well honor the house with their visit on the eve of the New Year.
4. The Polish Dozen
The Poles went even further: they should have exactly 12 dishes on the New Year's table. True, there are no meat among them – mushroom soup, barley porridge with prunes, dumplings with butter and chocolate cake are usually prepared for the holiday. And the most favorite holiday dish is fish: in Poland it is considered a symbol of family happiness and prosperity.
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5. Italian exuberance
The Italians surpassed the Poles by one step: they have a lucky New Year's number – 13. True, today so many dishes are rarely put on the festive table in Italy, which is dying of a healthy lifestyle, but there are products that are mandatory on it – for example, lentils, symbolizing health, longevity and well-being. In addition, pork is served in different forms: at the beginning of the dinner – stuffed pork legs zampone, closer to the finale – spicy pork sausages cotechino homemade. And among the treats there will certainly be pastries and something fishy. f550x700/2p/5p/2p5puqt75k4k008cksw808sow.jpg” media=”(max-width: 549px)”>