23 Traditions To Guarantee A Great New Year!
We all want to have the best year possible, right? Do you think there are traditions that can help ensure that does happen? Many Latinos believe performing these rituals will ensure them a better, more prosperous new year. Whether you feed into the superstitions or not, it's worth it to give them a try. If nothing else, you will end up with a clean house, happy spouse and full belly! Our friends at Huffington Post set us up with a list of 23 Latino traditions to guarantee a great year!
1. Wear Red Or Yellow Underwear
Your future happiness and love life may very well depend on your undies.Superstition has it that wearing a pair of red underwear on New Year's Eve will guarantee you a year filled with passion and love. If you're wearing a pair of yellow underwear when the ball drops, there will be money and happiness in your future. Be bold and wear a pair that incorporates both colors!
2. Clean Your House For A Fresh Start
Want to start 2016 with a clean slate? Then start by cleaning your home.
Many believe that tidying up and tossing out old trash before the new year will rid them of any negativity still lingering in their life from the previous year.
3. Write A Wish List For The New Year
Much like a list of New Year's Resolutions, a lista de deseos details all of the goals that you hope to accomplish in the new year, as well as some abstract wishes, like achieving world peace or finding "the one." Whatever it is that you put on your list, make sure to also write down how you plan to meet those goals or help realize those dreams. Read your list to yourself after midnight, and be sure to revisit it again throughout the year.
4. 12 New Months, 12 Wishes, 12 Grapes
As soon as the clock strikes midnight, eat one grape for each month of the new year -- that's 12 total -- while simultaneously making a wish for each grape that you consume. But beware! Get a sour grape and that could mean a bad month is in store for you.
5. Run Around The Block With Luggage
If travel is what you're looking for in the new year, pack a suitcase with items that represent the kind of trip you'd like to take. For instance, pack a swimsuit if you're gunning for a beach getaway or a snowsuit if you're hoping a ski vacation is in your future. Next, run around your block (or up and down your stairs) with your luggage in hand.
6. Money In Hand When The Clock Hits 12
If you want to make it rain in the new year, then you should start the year off with some cash in hand. Before the clock strikes midnight, put your drink down and grab some bills (preferably from your own wallet). Having money in your hand at midnight is meant to ensure economic prosperity in the new year. Keep in mind that holding a $100 bill will give you better results than a $1 bill!
7. Sweep Out The Negative Energy
If this year brought you nothing but problems, suffering, tears, etc., grab a broom and get to sweeping. On New Year's Eve, take a broom to the front door and start sweeping out towards the street. This ritual should rid you of all the negativity you've harbored throughout the year.
8. Burn The Bad
While many will be focusing on all the dreams and goals they hope to fulfill in the new year, it's also important to make sure all the bad stuff that happened stays in the past. Before midnight, take some time to write everything you'd like to forget from the previous 12 months. Next light your list on fire (preferably in a fireproof container) and watch your past troubles burn, baby, burn. Once you've left the past in ashes, you'll be ready to take on the new year.
9. The Drink Of Wealth
Bling in the new year! For a little more financial luck in the new year, simply take anything gold (like a ring) and drop it in the drink you plan on toasting with after the ball drops. You should be golden for the rest of the year.
10. Just A Spoonful Of...Lentils
Nothing fills the stomach -- and the wallet -- like a spoonful of lentils. People who follow this ritual believe that eating lentils throughout the last day of the year, or a spoonful immediately at the beginning of the new year, will guarantee that the next year will be filled with riches.
11. Light A Candle
Candles may set the mood for a new and better year. Lighting candles on New Year's Eve can help make the new year prosperous and positive. Lighting a green candle will bring you good health, while a yellow candle will help your financial troubles. Orange candles are thought to bring wisdom, and blue candles will bring peace. And if you're looking for love and passion? Try lighting a red candle.
12. Wear Your Underwear Inside Out Until After Midnight
Wearing your underwear inside out on New Year's Eve, then turning them right side out during the first few minutes of the new year will guarantee plenty of new clothes in the new year.
13. End The Year With A Splash
For many Latinos, moving on isn't necessarily water under the bridge. In fact, it's more like throwing a bucket of water out of a window. In this New Year's Eve ritual, water symbolizes all of the suffering and tears you'd like to get rid off before the start of the new year. Whether it's a glass or a bucket full of water, splashing your woes out onto the street can be the best way to put the past behind you. Just make sure no one is walking by when you're "moving on."
14. A Lover's Portrait With A Red Ribbon Under Your Pillow
Not all rituals are about forgetting the past. Lovebirds who are not willing to call it quits with a former flame, or who are simply desperate to catch a certain someone's attention in the new year, must take their lover's photograph and tie a red ribbon around it. On the last night of the year, simply sleep with the picture under your pillow to secure your lover's devotion.
15. A Bright House For A Bright Year!
Many believe having all of the house (or apartment) lights on at midnight will bring them clarity and prosperity in the new year. The trick here is to turn out most of the lights soon after the clock strikes twelve, otherwise the ritual will backfire and the first "gift" you'll receive in the new year will be a hefty electricity bill.
16. Wear White For Peace And Health
Wearing white on New Year's Eve is said to bring you good health and internal peace in the new year. The color is also known to absorb positive energy.
17. Start Off On The RIGHT foot
There's nothing like starting the year off on the right foot -- literally. Making sure that only your right foot is firmly planted on the ground when the clock strikes midnight can bring you good luck in the new year. If you ever see someone striking a flamingo stance just at the new year arrives, then it's likely they are keen to this New Year's Eve superstition. Don't judge them.
We wish you a happy, healthy, prosperous new year!
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