Cultural Holiday Dishes

Lauren Williamson , Staff Writer

With the holidays coming right around the corner, many are thinking of the endless food that comes along with it. Cultures from all around the world celebrate different holidays, all having their own traditional feasts. Here are some cultural dishes that are enjoyed from all around the world.

Christmas is a well known Christian holiday, celebrated on the 24th and 25th of December, which consists of giving presents to their families and caroling. A classic Christmas feast contains of a turkey with stuffing and gravy, along with mashed potatoes and vegetables on the side. Other recipes that have became popular are scallops wrapped with bacon, glazed ham, and lobster.  Then comes the desert, usually consisting of apple or pumpkin pie, pudding, and fruit cake.   

Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday that starts on the Hebrew calendar date, lasting for eight days. Consisting the lighting of the menorah, opening gifts and playing the dreidel. A must have Hanukkah recipe is baked potato latkes, which consists of shredded baked potatoes, onions and saltine crackers. Another one is Noodle Kugel, almost like macaroni and cheese, but with raisins. You can also change the cheesy kugel for a Chard and Caramelized Shallot Noodle Kugel, which has chicken and vegetables. One of the many popular desert consists of the Holiday Rugelach, which has apricot and prune butter along with cinnamon and cream cheese to make a tasteful cookie.

Kwanza is a African-American celebrated holiday, lasting from December 26th to January 1st. Households decorate their homes with objects of art, they also sing and dance to during the week long celebration. One of the loved main dishes is Jollof Rice, consisting of rice, tomatoes, spices, chicken, fish, and vegetables. A side dish, Koki, is made from black eyed peas, that are mashed into a paste then wrapped in  banana leaves that are steamed. Ending the feast with one of the well loved traditional Kwanzaa desserts, Ambrosia, which consists of tasteful Caribbean fruits like mango, oranges, pineapple and papaya topped with whipped cream.

Each culture brings something unique to the dinner table during the holidays. Each has its  own recipes that are timeless dishes. The delicious food brings everything together to make each and every holiday special.