Though celebrated much like it is in other parts of the world - with dinners, parties, midnight toasts and fireworks - New Year's Eve in Mexico is full of delightful customs that focus on transitioning from the old to the new.
Here are a few or our favorite Mexican New Year's Eve Traditions:
- Write your wishes for the upcoming year on pieces of paper and put them in a safe place. Burn the paper when each wish comes true.
- Clean the house; take a bath; or wash the pets and cars on New Year's Eve for renewal. Sweep and mop from the inside outwards. Mop the house with cinnamon water. Heat the water with cinnamon sticks as if you were making tea. Burn incense before midnight.
- Eat a tablespoon of cooked lentils, and give a handful of raw lentils to friends and family members for good fortune.
- As the New Year's Eve midnight countdown begins, eat 12 grapes making a wish for each strike of the clock. Each grape represents a month in the New Year; a sweet grape means it will be a good month; a sour grape, a bad month.
- At midnight on New Year's Eve, open the door and symbolically sweep out 'the old.' At midnight, toss 12 coins outside and sweep them into the house for prosperity.
- Watch fireworks on New Year's Eve to frighten away evil spirits, allowing safe passage into the next year.
- Want to travel? On New Year's Eve at midnight, take empty suitcases for a walk outside; encircle the house or walk around the block for the distance to be traveled next year. Another option is to gather the suitcases in the center of a room and walk around them several times.
Source: Banderas News