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We usher out the last day of the year with cocktails, ball drops and fireworks. Elsewhere, symbolism plays a big role in this final holiday of the season. Find out how you can get in on these traditions, too.
Just before midnight on New Year’s Eve, the Japanese eat soba noodles. The Toshikoshi Soba, which means “year crossing buckwheat noodle” has lots of symbolism. The long noodle denotes the crossing from one year to the next and the easy-to-nibble noodles signify a letting go of the past year’s regrets, a cutting-off if you will, before the fresh start the new year brings.
Soba noodles are the main ingredient in this light and savory dish.