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Holiday Foods From Around the World

See how kids celebrate holidays with tasty foods all over the world.
By Susan Bernstein
WebMD Feature

All over the world and all year long, kids celebrate different holidays. Here's a look at some holidays from around the world and foods kids eat to celebrate. Maybe you will find a new food you want to try.

China
Chinese New Year is in the winter.

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Every new year in China is named after an animal, like a pig or a monkey. To celebrate their new year, Chinese kids love to go to fun parades. They also like to eat foods like steamed dumplings. Dumplings are like raviolis. They have meat and vegetables inside them. If they are steamed, they are healthier than if they are fried. Try some steamed dumplings the next time your family orders Chinese takeout!

The Middle East
Ramadan is a Muslim holy month.

Ramadan is a special month for Muslim kids and their families. They pray, cook special dinners, and help other people. At the end of the month, they eat a big meal and have a big party called Eid Al-Fitr. They eat foods like nuts, honey, and dates. Dates are a sweet, brown fruit that are great for your heart.

Israel
Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year. 

Jewish kids in Israel love to celebrate the New Year too!  They call their new year Rosh Hashanah.  When they celebrate their new year, they love to dip apples in honey for a special treat. Then they wish for an extra sweet and good new year.  Apples are a healthy snack any day of the year.  This sweet treat is great for your heart and has lots of vitamins to help make you strong.

India
Diwali is the Hindu holiday of lights.

What if you could light up the world with good, happy thoughts? That’s what Hindu kids and their parents try to do every fall, during Diwali. It is a festival of lights. Adults light little lamps called diyas. For a special treat, kids eat sweets called barfis. They taste like soft cookies and have pictures of lamps drawn on them with icing. Sometimes the barfis are made with nuts like almonds and pistachios. Nuts can be a healthy snack. Even though they are small, they give you lots of energy.

United States of America
Kwanzaa is a holiday about family and African-American culture.

Part of Kwanzaa is about celebrating kids! Kids help put fruits and vegetables on their tables to make the tables look pretty. One piece of corn is put on the table for each kid in the family. Then parents use vegetables to make yummy foods. Some families make collard greens and black-eyed peas. Green vegetables are great for your heart. And black-eyed peas are good for your muscles.

Reviewed on December 07, 2011