This week is a special week for many cultures around the world. Other than Christmas, people are also celebrating Dongzhi festival and Kwanzaa! Every festival is an unique time for families to come together. Of course it comes with food!
There are tons of different Christmas dishes depending on cultures and countries. It can be anything from cookies to chocolates and the list goes on. Recently, we tried an interesting Norwegian Christmas dish called lutefisk. Lutefisk is made from fish soaked in lye until the meat is translucent. The strong pungent smell makes it challenging even for the brave hearts. This dying food basically tastes like fish jello or fish jelly with a strong fishy smell. Christmas is celebrated on December 25th.
How about Dongzhi festival? Most Chinese around the world are probably busy preparing or eating dongzhi or glutinous rice balls in ginger broth. Dongzhi festival is also known as Winter Solstice festival. Winter Solstice festival is also usually the shortest day of the year. According to tradition, people will eat dongzhi according to their age. So, if a person is 80 years old, he or she would have to eat 80 glutinous rice balls! The glutinous rice balls are colorful and can be filled with peanut, black sesame or red bean fillings. This festival is observed on December 21st this year.
Kwanzaa is an African American holiday from December 26 to January 1st this year. It is a colorful harvest festival that have been celebrated for decades in Africa. Kwanzaa in Swahili means the 'fruits of harvest'. Special colors for the occasion includes red, green and black. Some interesting Kwanzaa food ideas include black eyed peas, cheese grits, mustard greens and seafood.
No matter what you do season, have fun with food and shopping! Happy holidays!