Pork and candy pigs
Pork symbolizes both progress and prosperity. This tradition began hundreds of years ago in Europe, when wild boars were hunted on New Year’s Day. Pigs came to be associated with progress because they root for food by pushing their noses forward. The rich, fatty meat of the pig is also symbolizes having plenty to eat. Whole, roasted suckling pig is the centerpiece of New Year’s Day dinner in many countries such as Cuba, Spain, Hungary and Portugal. In Austria and Germany, candy pigs made of marzipan are exchanged to bring good luck in the coming year.
How to say Happy New Year in German: Glückliches neues Jahr!