Tonight, we ring in the new year. Woohoo! 

But before we do that, we have to do a little something. And by “something” we obviously mean drink, eat and dance — even if it is by ourselves. 

Now we know that for Thanksgiving and Christmas, people have traditional foods and drinks. But what about for the New Year celebration?

Well, some of us have traditional snacks, food and drinks that we enjoy every year for the New Year. They are either cultural or simply passed down from family members. Either way, we enjoy these traditions and thought it would be nice to share them with you all. 

Jason, Staff Writer 
Ginataan | Photo courtesy of Foxy Folksy.

Ginataan — Rice balls, fruits, sweet potato and purple yam, served in hot coconut milk. This can also include tapioca pearls and plantains.

Pancit Bihon | Photo courtesy of Lola Kusinera.

Pancit Bihon — rice noodles with soy sauce sauteed with different meats and vegetables.(noodles can symbolize good luck)

Pigs in a blanket | Photo courtesy of Dinner at the Zoo

Pigs in a blanket —  Mini hot dogs wrapped in puff pastry (not cultural but sure is delicious)

Alexis, Staff Writer 
Champagne | Photo courtesy of Aetbgetty Images

I’m going to keep it plain and simple — champagne at midnight. Cheers! 

Joy, Staff Writer 

Pasteles, tostones, Arroz con Pollo, sorullos and pernil are staples for New Year’s Eve celebration at Puerto Rican households. 

For drinks, I love Kolashampan, punch and of course alcohol for those over 21. (the kind varies every year)

Adrienne, co-founder 

Spaghetti and meatballs | Photo courtesy of Delish

Spaghetti with meatballs – noodles symbolize good luck.

Coquito |Photo courtesy of The Spruce / Cara Cormack

Coquito – a popular Puerto Rican drink during the holiday season.


12 round fruits for good luck. (Filipino tradition) 

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