In the United States, the new year is usually ushered in by champagne and as many hangover-inducing beverages as we can get our hands on. In other countries, however, hearty food traditions mark the start of the year. Below, some of our favorites.
8. The Christ Cake
In Greece, the vasilopeta cake is cut as the clock strikes midnight. The first slice is for Christ, the second is for the house, and the third goes to all the revelers in the room. Oftentimes a coin is hidden in the cake. The person who gets the piece of cake with the coin is said to have a lucky New Year — provided they don't swallow the coin first and land in the hospital.