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Celebrate The New Year With These Latino Traditions

Tonight is New Year’s Eve when we celebrate the passing of one year and hope for a better future in the next one. Cultures all over the world have different ways of ringing in the New Year for maximum prosperity. We Latinos are no different. Across Spain and Latin America we practice a variety of traditions to give ourselves the best foot forward in the coming new year. Is it superstition? Well, yes it is but I tend to take the Pascal’s Wager approach to New Year’s traditions. Blaise Pascal was a mathematician and theologian who said that you might as well believe in God because if you are right you go to heaven but if you’re wrong you go to hell so you might as well hedge your bets. I apply the same logic to the new year’s superstitions. They may be BS but I’m not going to risk not having a good year by not doing them.

Eating 12 Grapes

This is something we did in my house growing up and that I still do today. On the stroke of 11:59 PM you eat 12 grapes, one for every month of the coming year. You make a wish with every grape and if you can get them down in a minute without choking to death, the wishes will come true. I’m not saying all of my wishes always come true but many of them do. So, tonight I’m gonna be eating some grapes.

The Many Colors Of Your Underwear

In different countries in Latin America it is considered good luck to wear a certain color underwear. In Spain it is Red in Colombia yellow. The point is that you shouldn’t just grab the first pair of Fruit of the Looms on top of the underwear drawer. Another tradition states that the underwear should match what you want in the new year. Red for love, green for money, white for health and so on. I have some rainbow ones that cover all my bases.

The Potato Knows All

In Peru, where the potato originated, they use the tuber in order to forecast the future. They take three potatoes and peel one completely, peel another partially, and leave the other unpeeled. They then stick the spuds under the couch. At midnight they reach under and randomly grab a spud without looking. If you get the potato that’s totally peeled it means a bad financial year. The one that is partially peeled means it will be average and the unpeeled potato means your year will be bountiful.

Take A Swim

In many parts of the Caribbean and Brazil, they take a dip in the ocean right before midnight as a way of cleansing themselves of the baggage of the previous year and receiving good vibes for the next year. Since the closest body of water to me at midnight will be the East River I will not be partaking in this tradition.

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