For example, the Pennsylvania Dutch in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, dont wait for a shiny ball to drop like they do in Times Square. Instead, they count down the New Year with a seven-foot piece of bologna.
For Hungarians, New Years Eve (Dec. 31) is all about chowing down on plenty of pig products because Porky brings good luck for the coming year.
However, they steer clear of any creature with wings because its believed that if you eat chicken or turkey on New Years, your luck will fly away in the next year.
In Spain, folks count down to the New Year by gobbling 12 grapes, one each second before midnight strikes, to bring them good fortune for the following 12 months.
Finally, Germans gather in Berlins Brandenburg Gate to eat jelly doughnuts. One doughnut, however, is filled with mustard, and the person who eats it will have an excellent 2009.
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