Happy New Year!
January 1, 2011 22 Comments
Happy New Year! I hope it will be a fantastic year for everyone.
Book wise, if it’s anything like last year, there will be another abundance of great new books and large piles on the unread-books shelf.
In the Netherlands, we celebrate New Year with fireworks – at exactly 12 midnight, people go outside and light their fireworks. The typical smell of gunsmoke will be lingering in the air for hours. Smog may form in the bigger cities. Yes, it’s that big a thing!
Every year, people spend huge amounts of money on fireworks. There is only a short time frame in which fireworks are allowed to be lit (31 December from 10am to 2am the next day; the rest of the year the use of fireworks is banned).
For the Dutch, oliebollen are standard fare at New Year (singular: oliebol, meaning “oil ball”). We eat them both before and after the special day. They are deep-fried dough balls, often with currants, and covered with powdered sugar.
The oliebollen from the baker that was 16th best in the Netherlands were just so-so, says my family (I didn’t try them). Luckily, my mother was the first customer that day and didn’t have to queue up for hours, as often happens at the oliebollen-bakers that are ranked high in the top-100!
Enjoy these oliebollen! Happy new year!