México is a country full of superstitions and rites for whatever you like so over here we have a lot of rites that people make at the moment of the arriving of the new year.
I will list the ones I know. But many of them I never tried. I warn you in case you try them and didn’t work!
1. Wear red underware if you want love and passion in your life. I remember a friend of my mother always giving us in christmas red underware for new year…
2. Wear yellow underware if you want money. Ok I want both but I think it will not be easy to find unde-rware with the two colors. I have to go shopping…
3. Sweep the entrance of your home to take out the bad energy. You have to this in the very moment of the entrance of the new year.
4. If you want to travel in the next year you have to take a suitcase in each hand and walk around your block. This also has to be at the very moment the year is entering.Now I am thinking how can you sweep the entrance while you walk around the block with two suitcases if you want both?
5. You have to put a gold ring in yor champagne cup, if you have a platinum ring or a diamond ring the more money you will get. If I have a diamond ring why would I want more money? I guess we never have enough money. Take care not to swallow it!!
6. Last but not least the 12 grapes. You have to take one with each chime of the clock indicating 12 o’clock. With each grape you have to think a wish you want to become true in the new year. This is the most traditional and the one we make every year. I don’t really know if it works or it’s luck but we are also spanish and in Spain is very traditional to eat the grapes with the chimes of the clock of La Puerta del Sol of Madrid. I you are going to try this buy small grapes, believe me you will end the chimes with your cheeks full of grapes while you kiss and hug your family.
I once did the rite of the red underware ( i didn’t had boyfriend that year) and every year we take the 12 grapes at 12 o’clock.
But if you want to make the six of them is going to be hard. You got to wear an red and yellow underware. Sweep the entrance of your home, walk around your block with two suitcases, put a gold ring in your cup and eat the 12 grapes at the same time. If someone can achieve this I really admire him!!
What rites and traditions you have for the entrance of the new year?
PS: I don’t know if the word for the sound the clock does when indicating an hour is ring. Over here we use the word "campanada" because it were Church bells the ones that indicated with their sound the hour.
**Update: Thank to know I know the word is chime. I already edited the post. Thank you Robin!
*** Update two: thank to now I know underware is spelled without – in the middle. Thank you!!
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