By the 17th century, Polish Jews were including the doughnuts, then called paczki (Polish) or ponchiks (Yiddish), in Hanukkah festivities. Vichai Phububphapan // iStock via Getty Images PlusThese golden-fried sticks are a popular breakfast treat in China and are often paired with soy milk. sansubba/iStock via Getty Images PlusIn Nepal, this hoop-shaped sweet bread is a celebratory food enjoyed during the festivals of Tihar and Dashain as well as on special occasions. EunikaSopotnicka/iStock via Getty Images PlusThis puffy fried bread is popular in East Africa and Zanzibar, as a snack or part of breakfast. iaanCoetzee/iStock via Getty Images PlusThere are two versions of this South African doughnut—whose name is derived partly from the Dutch word koekje—and each reflects a different culture.