Photos: Holiday Dishes From Around the World

Posted on: 12.15.2016 in interact

Getting ready for the holidays means friends, family, gifts and best of all — food! No matter what part of the world you’re from, you probably associate the holidays with a special dish. But while here in the US we’re chowing down on home-made mac and cheese, the people of Japan are lining up for KFC. Check out our slideshow of holiday food traditions from around the world.

Sweden
Sweden

Sweden

"Lutefisk," which means "lye fish" in English, is a traditional Swedish holiday dish. The fish is usually soaked in a mixture of water and lye for 11 to 13 days, then cooked.

Sweden

"Lutefisk," which means "lye fish" in English, is a traditional Swedish holiday dish. The fish is usually soaked in a mixture of water and lye for 11 to 13 days, then cooked.

Israel
Israel

Israel

"Sufganiyot" are round, deep-fried doughnuts eaten in Israel and around the world as part of Hanukkah. In the Jewish tradition, fried foods are eaten to commemorate the miracle of the Temple oil.

Israel

"Sufganiyot" are round, deep-fried doughnuts eaten in Israel and around the world as part of Hanukkah. In the Jewish tradition, fried foods are eaten to commemorate the miracle of the Temple oil.

Japan
Japan

Japan

Thanks to a KFC promotion in 1974, eating fried chicken has become a Japanese Christmas tradition. Lines often stretch for blocks on X-Mas day, and KFC offers various holiday deals.

Japan

Thanks to a KFC promotion in 1974, eating fried chicken has become a Japanese Christmas tradition. Lines often stretch for blocks on X-Mas day, and KFC offers various holiday deals.

Greece
Greece

Greece

In Greece, Vasilopita is a New Year's Day bread or cake that has a coin baked inside. Whoever gets the piece with the coin is believed to have good luck throughout the year!

Greece

In Greece, Vasilopita is a New Year's Day bread or cake that has a coin baked inside. Whoever gets the piece with the coin is believed to have good luck throughout the year!

Venezuela
Venezuela

Venezuela

In Venezuela, "hallacas" are the main Christmas dish. Made of corn dough with meat, raisins and olives wrapped up in plantain leaves, hallacas take two days to prepare.

Venezuela

In Venezuela, "hallacas" are the main Christmas dish. Made of corn dough with meat, raisins and olives wrapped up in plantain leaves, hallacas take two days to prepare.

Venezuela
The Philippines
The Philippines

The Philippines

"Bibingka" is a kind of rice cake eaten in the Philippines during the Christmas season. This traditional dish is often sold as breakfast outside of churches during the holiday season.

The Philippines

"Bibingka" is a kind of rice cake eaten in the Philippines during the Christmas season. This traditional dish is often sold as breakfast outside of churches during the holiday season.

The Philippines
Russia
Russia

Russia

In Russia, "herring under a fur coat" or Селёдка под шубой is a holiday staple. It's a salad made of layers of herring, grated vegetables, chopped onions, mayonnaise and beets.

Russia

In Russia, "herring under a fur coat" or Селёдка под шубой is a holiday staple. It's a salad made of layers of herring, grated vegetables, chopped onions, mayonnaise and beets.

Italy
Italy

Italy

Italians believe that the coin shaped lentils used in "Cotechino con lenticchie" will bring you good luck in the New Year. The more lentils you eat, the richer you'll be!

Italy

Italians believe that the coin shaped lentils used in "Cotechino con lenticchie" will bring you good luck in the New Year. The more lentils you eat, the richer you'll be!

China
China

China

"Tangyuan," also known as "汤圆" in Chinese, is a food traditionally eaten during the Lantern Festival at the beginning of the lunar New Year. The dish is made if rice flour and different fillings.

China

"Tangyuan," also known as "汤圆" in Chinese, is a food traditionally eaten during the Lantern Festival at the beginning of the lunar New Year. The dish is made if rice flour and different fillings.

China

comments

  1. Miranda

    I don’t believe this is the next big thing because what is the fun of having a tree delivered to your house. I though Christmas was about spending time with you family, so why not pick out a tree together?

  2. Caleb

    The holiday dishes from around the world seems a little bit awkward.

  3. zachary

    I don’t like fish so that does not sound appetizing

  4. Rose

    This amazing! A wonderful way to spread the cheer. Happy Holidays!

  5. Faith Cummins, Ms. Mitchem's 4th hour

    That sounds absolutely disgusting.

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