Our New Year's Eve traditions1:57:00 PM
It is well known, that there are many traditions and rituals to greet the upcoming year, and many others to say farewell to the year that has passed. From the kiss at midnight, to the drinking of champagne. In this blog post, we will share with you, some of the New Year's traditions we practice.
Summarizing the year. I love getting my journal out, and writing a summary of each month. The important things we lived, saw, and experienced. Because I am very passionate about our family tree, this tradition is something that at some point may help our kids and future generations understand things that we might not always talked about, but which were important at some point. I believe it helps understand the great things, and how we overcame obstacles. Because it is a summary, family members can browse quickly through it, and find out more about once's lives. Sometimes I like going back and comparing different years. Surprisingly, you may even find patterns that may help you in years to come.
Carefully select the color of our underwear. It might sound a little odd, and may even be something you've never heard of. I am not sure if it is a Nationwide tradition in Mexico, but I do know we practice this in my hometown. I grew up with the believe that the color of underwear you are wearing to receive the New Year, will bring you luck accordingly to what the color represent. The most common colors that people plan on using are; Red, to attract love of course and Yellow or Gold to attract fortune. However, here are more color choices and a brief description on what they are suppose to represent and attract to your life in the upcoming year.
- White: Peace and Harmony
- Orange: Happier vibes
- Pink: Romance, Beauty & Love
- Red: Love & Passion
- Yellow/Gold: Opportunities for wealth and good fortune
- Green: Health
- Blue: To assist you with the mind to follow through projects.
- Purple: Spirituality
- Black: Luxuries
Therefore, what people in my region do is an underwear gift exchange. Sometimes, these are even funny underwear gift exchanges. You have a fun time, and you get your gifted underwear. Though it might not always work, because let's face it--a lot of it has to do with the belief you have on something you do. I must confess that whenever I tried it, it worked for me. And if I may add, it also works with socks. So, give it a try. Maybe you can create a new tradition among your family and friends and do the underwear gift exchange, or try it with socks and see what happens.
Prepping for the traditional actions to receive the New Year. We do a few rituals right at midnight to start the year attracting the energy of those actions, therefore, we like to have everything ready for midnight. Some people kiss, others scream, we--eat grapes, go in and out with luggage in hand, interchange coins, and make wishes. Having everything ready helps us a ton, to save time, as these rituals have to be done as soon as midnight bells start ringing.
As soon as the clock marks midnight, everything becomes a go-go-go with our traditional rituals, which are the following, in order.
Eat a grape, make a wish. The countdown is the most stressful moment for us. We hold a small bowl with 12 grapes, each of which represents a month of the upcoming year. The point of this is to eat a grape with every ring of the midnight bells. This is the reason why we tend to get seedless grapes, and if they are small grapes, the better. This way you are able to chew quickly and pass it before the next grape/bell ring/wish comes. To make sure you know what wish you are asking for and to make it efficient, I recommend you write your wishes down ahead of time. That way you can read them in your mind as you are munching on that yummy grape, and move on to the next. Please, be careful if you attempt to do this ritual. If you think this one is too much of a rush, do it at our own pace, or try other rituals instead. In my family, we've been doing this for generations, and therefore we have kind of mastered this ritual. Nonetheless, I have to confess, that every now and then, there is coughing and a bit of chocking. So attempt at your own risk.
Though I really liked this one, I must say that I do not do it all the time. Unfortunately there are still people who like shooting into the air passed midnight, and the problem with loose bullets, is that they all follow the law of gravity. Sometimes it is hard to distinguish from fireworks and bullets, so please, please be careful with this one. If you have a door to the garage, maybe you can try it there and let me know if it works. Oh, and by the way, your luggage doesn't have to be fully packed nor have anything outside. It is more of the action of going out on a trip with your luggage at hand, and coming back home.
And that is about it for our rituals. Now, we also have some beliefs in my family. We believe that you can tell how the year is going to go, by the first twelve days of the year. Each of the first twelve days represents a month, and usually, they tend to be very accurate in my home town, mostly, because we have crazy weather, and it can be very hot in winter, as it may be very cold in summer at times. One thing is for certain, and something that no matter what, I've observed throughout my life. I have the belief that your year goes pretty much in the way you start it. So my advice is; Start your day with happy thoughts, positive thinking, and with great sense of humor, and hopefully that energy will stick with the days and months to follow.
My husband also loves celebrating Chinese New Year, so we have a double celebration if we kind of think about it. However, that is another whole set of traditions and rituals, that will be better left for another blog post.
All in all, different countries have different traditions. Some of the traditions stick and some of them we do once and never to be repeated again. Do you have any interesting or odd traditions for the New Year? I would love to read about your traditions and what they represent. I am always looking for great and interesting rituals to practice in festivities like this one, and share my experience with family and friends. So please share with our online community through a comment. If you could wish for only one thing for the upcoming year, what would it be?
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