It is a fact that Latinos know how to celebrate and we have all kinds of beautiful traditions to do it. When it comes to the start of a new year, we go big. Many Latino families gather together to eat turkey, ham or lentils and just minutes before 12 we start doing our good luck rituals. So, how many Latino traditions do you know?
Burning of the Dummy
In Ecuador and Panama, New Year’s eve is a huge deal in which entire families reunite to make large straw dolls of the people they dislike, or famous people during the year. They put signs of the sins committed by that person who inspired the straw man doll. Once midnight hits, they burn the straw man to symbolize forgetting the bad things of the past year.
Eating 12 Grapes
In Cuba as soon as the clock marks midnight, people start eating twelve grapes along with the sound of bells ringing. There are twelve grapes because each of them symbolizes one month of the year. This way they have good luck during the entire next year.
Walking with a Suitcase
In many Latin-American countries, especially in Chile on New Year’s Eve at midnight, it is common to see people walking around the block or walking in circle around their house with an empty suitcase. This means they’re hoping for travel opportunities the next year.
The use of colored underwear is not from only one country. In fact, this tradition is used in almost every Latin-American country. On New Year’s Eve, people who want love for the next year wear red underwear, people who want prosperity wear yellow, people wear green for health and others wear white for peace. Just remember not to wear black because many people think that it is bad luck.