New Year’s is upon us! The New Year celebrations in Mexico vary depending on the region, but in general, dinner with the family is the most common New Year’s Eve event.
This year we will celebrate at my home. We will start the evening by a late-night dinner. I am preparing traditional Mexican dishes including Bacalao (dried salted codfish), and Romeritos (patties of dried shrimp, sprigs of a wild plant known as ‘Romerito’ that resembles rosemary and potatoes served in a mole sauce). We normally toast with apple cider (not Champagne as elsewhere), and my mother-in-law will prepare the fruit punch for the occasion.
At midnight we all shout “Feliz año nuevo!” Followed by the grape tradition. What is the “grape tradition?” During the tolling of the 12 bells announcing the hour, a grape is eaten at each of the 12 bell tolls. The grapes represent a wish for the abundance for each month of the coming year. After this we embrace each other and say wishes for the upcoming year.
But that is just a sampling of our New Year’s traditions! Two popular ones include:
- If you want to have luck in love in the coming year, you need to wear red underwear on New Year’s Eve.
- If you are looking for luck with money, make sure your underwear is yellow.
Not all of the traditions require you to wear special undergarments. One of my favorite says, that if you want to travel during the new-year then you must take your luggage for a walk around the block!
After New Year’s Eve, we usually relax on January 1st and have lunch with other friends and relatives.
I would love to hear how you celebrate New Year’s Eve?