Dinner for One: "The same procedure as every year, James"

Dinner for One, also known as The 90th Birthday, is a 18 minute comedy sketch presenting the 90th birthday of blind elderly upper-class English woman Miss Sophie, who hosts a dinner every year for her close friends to celebrate the occasion. As they are all dead, the butler has to play the role of every guest, including drinking for six people.

New Year's tradition
'Dinner for One' has become an integral component of the New Year's Eve schedule of several German television stations: "Every New Year's Eve, half of all Germans plunk down in front of their televisions to watch the 1963 English comedy sketch Dinner for One". But Why? ©

Around the world, traditionally people eat lucky foods on New Year's Eve (or January 1st) that are thought to symbolize luck and fortune in the New Year. 
The Dutch believe that eating 'Oliebollen', a doughnut-shaped fritter symbolizes coming full circle to bring good luck. In Asian countries, long noodles are eaten in order to bring a long life. In the United States, black-eyed peas are thought to bring prosperity, the shape of the legumes is compared to coins; eating the ‘coins’ symbolized gaining wealth. In Italy, lentils are eaten as a symbol of good luck and prosperity because they also resemble tiny coins.

What to eat on New Year's Eve: Lauren Salkeid's Recipes for Dishes thought to bring good fortune to the New Year!

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