10 Latino Traditions to Ring in the New Year
While everyone else is working on their New Year's resolutions, Latinx households are busy carrying out their Fin de Año traditions. Here, a round-up of some of the most enduring ones out there.
Happy New Year!
2020 has been a tough year for everyone, but that won't stop Latinos from continuing long-held traditions to ensure they have a new year filled with success and happiness.
Eating 12 grapes at midnight — one for each month of the year — is supposed to bring good luck. Pop one in your mouth with every toll of the clock.
Wearing yellow underwear into the new year is thought to bring good luck and fortune.
If you're looking for love rather than fortune, switch out the yellow underwear for a pair of red ones.
Wearing All White
In Brazil, wearing all white to welcome the new year is a sign of purity. This tradition is meant to bring good luck and fortune into your life.
Walking With a Suitcase
Do you want to travel in the new year? Then walk in a circle with a suitcase, either around your home or around the block. The ritual is supposed to bring traveling opportunities in the new year.
Cleaning Your House
Some believe that sweeping every corner of the home removes negative energies and allows new, good energy to come in. This could just be another way your mom is getting you to clean, but either way, don't let the new year find you con una casa sucia.
Throwing Water Out the Window
Doing this ahead of the new year is said to remove bad energy from the home — just travel through each room of the house with a bucket of water, then throw it out the window.
In Chile, people eat lentils when the clock strikes midnight to ensure a prosperous new year.
In Ecuador, hiding money around the house is thought to bring prosperity.
December 31 is National Champagne Day so it's a must for the new year, but of course this tradition comes with a Latinx twist. Many toast with a glass of champagne that also has a gold object — a ring, chain, or similar — placed inside to bring prosperity. Happy 2021!