Eat buckwheat noodles at midnight on New Year's Eve

We eat buckwheat noodles called "soba" in Japanese at midnight on New Year's Eve.
This is called "Toshikoshi soba" which means "soba to welcome the new year".
This special soba has some hidden meanings.
1. live happily for long since soba is thin and long.
2. throw all bad luck of the old year away since soba is easily snapped.
3. live like soba since buckwheat stands up in the sun even after it's exposed to a storm.
If you don't finish this soba, then it's said that you wouldn't have a luck of money in the new year.
It's also said that you have to finish this soba by 12 o'clock at night.
Otherwise it's said you'll bring on bad luck to the new year.

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