If I've said it once, I've said it more than a dozen times...Mexico is rich in tradition! And New Year's Eve isn't the exception. In Mexico, people believe that the way you start the New Year dictates how your life will be during the entire year. The following are just a few of the most popular traditions/rituals that are supposed to guarantee a Happy New Year.
Red Underwear: Are you hoping to improve your love life in 2010? If so, then you MUST wear a pair of red undies on New Year's Eve. They must be new and they must be a gift you received from someone. If you buy your own red underwear, you will be unlucky in love all year long. If you're not looking for love, but looking for health or wealth, the same rules apply, wear yellow undies for wealth and green undies for health.
12 Grapes: At the stroke of midnight you must eat one grape per stroke. (12 strokes equals 12 grapes.) With each grape that you eat, you must make a wish. If you are successful in eating your 12 grapes and making your 12 wishes, your wishes will be granted throughout the New Year.
Pack a suitcase: If you're looking to travel in 2010, then pack a suitcase. Fill your suitcase with the clothes that represent where you would like to travel. Want to go to the beach? Pack a few bikinis! At the stroke of midnight, take your packed suitcase outside your front door and leave it there until the last stroke of midnight.
Sweep your house: At the stroke of midnight, grab your broom and sweep from the inside of your home, out the front door. By sweeping everything out the door, it is believed that you are sweeping away all of the bad to make room for all that is new and good.
Money in your wallet/purse: It is believed that if you start the New Year with money in your wallet or purse, you will be financially secure throughout the year. So stop by the ATM on your way to your New Year's Eve party and fill your wallet with a few bills!
Wishing you all a very Happy New Year!
With love and lots of hugs,