Rites and superstitions for the New year.

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!!
With friends like you all I am going to improve a lot!


31 comments on “Rites and superstitions for the New year.

  1. I’ve heard about the red underwear in Italy–I didn’t know it was a tradition over on this side of the ocean, too.
    I don’t particularly have any New Year’s traditions, but I really, really liked the fireworks when I’ve lived outside the US (Chile and Germany). I can’t imagine doing them where I live now, though (Idaho). Brr!! Way too cold!

  2. Last but not least the 12 grapes.
    Ah, I grew up doing this. When I was a kid, we used to do the grape thing every year. I was born in Madrid, Spain and came to Australia when I was seven.
    I’ve dropped most of the supertitions & traditions, though. And hardly speak the language either. :/

  3. Interesting. I love reading about superstitions. The only one I really adhere to is eating pork and sauerkraut on New Year’s day. Mostly I just do it as an excuse to eat sauerkraut. 🙂 Another one we have is shooting a gun at midnight but I never did like that one.

    • We are a country that believes a lot in magic. I don’t know I you have read the book like water for chocolate by Laura esquivel. Is a beautiful book full of magic and traditions of México.
      I believe all of these traditions came to Mexico from Spain and since at a time spain was from Rome I believe we all have a mix of traditions over here.

  4. The only New Year’s tradition I’m familiar with is popular in the Southern US. It’s supposed to be good luck to ear black-eyed peas (which are actually a kind of bean) on New Year’s. Yours are much more interesting and specific.

  5. What a great list, these sound really fun! I may have to try the 12 grapes 🙂
    Where in Mexico do you live? I just visited Mexico City this year which was my first visit to the country. Loved it!
    In Hawaii where I’m from, the big New Year’s tradition is firecrackers. Lots and lots of firecrackers, to the point where it causes air pollution, unfortunately. That, plus eating many different types of food 🙂

    • I do the 12 grapes every year since I was a kid. Is a good tradition! I hope your wishes come true!
      I live in Mexico city. I’m glad you loved it. Many people don’t like it because it is full of contrast. I think that is what makes it beautiful.
      I like firecrackers but thank God that over here they don’t use them a lot. We certainly don’t need more pollution.
      Different types of food! we do that also but I thought that was not a tradition was my family eating habits…:)

  6. I love reading about superstitions. I don’t believe them, but it’s fascinating to know them. Now, that being said . . . it has been hammered into my head that you eat black-eyed peas on New Years day. So I do. more out of habit than anything. And you are not supposed to to do laundry on new years day, something about bringing in the dirt of the old year onto the beginning of the new year. I always forget and my mom says, “TRACY!!! ARE YOU DOING LAUNDRY???!!! You just brought back luck into the new year.” I just shrug and say, “Well, you told me never to leave the house with dirty underwear…so, what would you have me do?”

      • And I actually got it wrong. My mom and I talked today, she said it’s “You don’t do laundry on the last and first Friday of the month because you will watch a loved one out of your life.” I grumbled…I really needed to do laundry today. Oh well.

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