Perk Up Your Panties
In many cultures, the colors white, red and yellow have special significance. Brazilians typically wear white clothes to ring in the New Year. If it’s love and romance you’re wishing for, take a tip from Mexican culture and don a pair of red undies. If it’s money you want, then put on yellow underwear.
Revelers in Spain and in many Latin American countries race to eat twelve grapes before the final stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve. In Spain, the munching is synchronized with the chimes of the clock tower in Madrid’s Puerta del Sol. Set a timer for 36.7 seconds, chew quickly and make sure you’ve got plenty of napkins on hand. For even more good fortune, make one wish for every grape.
Take Your Suitcase for a Midnight StrollWant to travel in the New Year? Then hit the streets with your wheelie and walk around the block. That’s what many Latin Americans do to get the travel gods to smile down on them. Now if only you could rack up frequent flyer miles that way.
Eat Your Vegetables!
Southerners in the U.S. swear by black eyed peas and collard greens for bringing good luck and money. Can’t stomach collard greens? Then toss some quarters and a head of cabbage into a pot of boiling water and see if that does the trick.
Wishing you a new year full of happiness, health and peace wherever you may be!
Over to You Now:
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