New Year’s Day in Belgium

In Belgium on New Year’s Day, le jour du Nouvel An or Nieuwjaarsdag, children offer greetings of good health and best wishes to their parents and grand-parents for the upcoming year. A heart-shaped vanilla cake, filled with a buttery cream and decorated with marzipan, nuts and chocolate, is traditionally eaten on the first day of the year.

Etiquette dictates the gift of a box of chocolate pralines or a small tray of vanilla cookies, topped with candied fruits, to your hosts if invite on New Year’s day. Those will be shared with freshly brewed coffee. What a splendid way to start 2012.

    Happy New Year!


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