New year traditions are about starting fresh. Many age-old traditions for New Years Day are linked to increased prosperity: southerners eat Black-eyed peas, long soba noodles in Japan, fish in Poland, American’s bake New Years cookies, in Greece round cake with a coin hidden inside, the Spanish eat 12 grapes at the strike of Midnight, in Peru turmeric potatoes to bring gold, and mini Marzipan pigs in Germany. Centuries ago in Europe the idea of avoiding fowl in lieu of pigs (not for the Jewish) was because birds move backward as they eat and pigs move forward as they forage. Try to make a batch of marzipan with organic ingredients for everyone to make a Good Luck Piggie treat. Bring whatever dish or delight you care to share for prosperity, health or fortune for 2014. … it’s not potluck – just extra.
Here are the upcoming New Years festivals to attend. We are attending at least 2 of these four festivals: Japanese New Year’s Festival (1/4), the Lunar New Year Fest (1/31), and LA’s Chinatown New Year’s Parade (2/21) and Vietnamese Tet (2/28&3/1).