New Year’s Eve Traditions of Mexico
Every culture has its way of greeting the new year. Here are some Mexican traditions that gringos visiting the coast may want to participate in to insure good luck for 2011.
1. Mexican families decorate homes and parties during New Year’s with colors such as yellow to encourage improved employment conditions, green to improve financial circumstances and white to improve health.
2. Mexicans eat a grape with each of the twelve chimes of the bell during the New Year countdown while making a wish with each one.
3. Latin ladies looking for love in 2011 will don a pair of red panties to ring in the New Year.
4. Mexicans wanting to assure travel in the new year will take out a piece of luggage and circle the house or block with the empty suitcase.
5. Mexican sweet bread is baked with a coin in the dough. When the bread is served, the recipient whose slice contains the coin or charm is believed to be blessed with good luck in the new year.
6. Another tradition is making a list before midnight of all the unhappy events from the current year. At midnight, this list is thrown into a fire symbolizing the removal of negativity from the new year. At the same time, thanks is expressed for all the good things had during the year that is coming to its end so that they will continue to be enjoyed in the new year.