12 grapes at midnight. and other Latino New Year’s Eve traditions
Tonight’s the night! One year ends, and another begins. I’m celebrating with my family on a low-key night– food, drink, music, and fun at home. Some of my friends will go to parties and outdoor events to see the fireworks. Regardless of how you celebrate, the new year is worth celebrating.
New Year’s Eve, or “La Nochevieja,” as it is known to some in Spanish, is a time of celebration and tradition for many Latino families. While New Year’s traditions may vary from country to country, there are several that are commonly observed throughout Latin America.
One popular tradition is eating twelve grapes on New Year’s Eve at midnight. Each grape represents a wish for the coming year, and it is believed that eating all twelve grapes will bring good luck in the new year. Many people also wear bright colors on New Year’s Eve, as it is believed that bright colors bring positive energy and good luck.
Another common tradition is the lighting of fireworks at midnight. Fireworks are believed to chase away negative energy and bring good luck for the new year. In some countries, people also set off firecrackers or make noise with pots and pans to scare away evil spirits.
Many Latino families also observe the tradition of cleaning their homes on New Year’s Eve. This is believed to sweep away any negative energy from the previous year and make room for good luck in the new year. Decorating homes with colorful flowers and plants are also common, as they are believed to bring good luck and prosperity.
In addition to these traditions, many Latino families gather with friends and family to celebrate the new year. Parties and celebrations often include music, dancing, and traditional foods such as tamales, Lechon, and arroz con pollo.
Overall, New Year’s Eve is a time of celebration and tradition for many Latino families, and these customs help bring the new year joy and positivity.
Sandra Fernandez is a professional communicator, tech enthusiast, book lover, and blogger. You can find her main blog at SandraSays.com and more of her writing at HispanicHouston.com.