Happy New Year!
I am thankful to a good friend for reminding me of the New Year tradition of making marzipan pigs. Last night our families gathered and after a delicious dinner, a walk in the crisp evening air, and some rollicking conversation, we sat down with our children, got our hands nice and sticky, and created a passel of perfect pink porcines.
The tradition of making and giving Glücksschwein (lucky pigs) made from marzipan during the winter holidays dates back to Germany in the Middle Ages, where the pig was a symbol of good fortune and prosperity. According to German tradition, the "Schwein" (pig) brings good luck over the coming 12 months.
|Other traditional symbols of good luck are the toadstool (Fliegenpilze) and four-leaf clover (vierblättrige Kleeblätter).|
Making the pigs was a fun way to connect with our past and look toward the future with our girls. The project was easy to do too. We purchased pre-made marzipan from the grocery store and tinted it with just a dab of pink gel food color. I had the good fortune of coming across a vintage marzipan pig mold online many years ago, so we got some terrific castings by pressing the marzipan in the powdered sugared mold. The girls had fun making free-form designs as well.
Wishing you and yours a very prosperous and sweet New Year!
What are your New Year traditions?