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From Wearing Lucky Underwear To Hanging A Goat, These Are All Of The Bizarre Traditions That Could Get You Love In The New Year

When it comes to the year’s final stroke of midnight, y’all know the whole world knows how to turn up. Live streams from across the globe have shown all of the colorful, lively and spectacular ways nations, cultures and people ring in the new year. But the truth of the matter is, that when it comes to the moment the big ball drops, it’s really the people in Latin America that have a leg up on having a good time. With so many culture and traditions, New Year’s Eve celebrations in Latino households get wild.

From starving down food at the stroke of midnight to setting things on fire these are some of our favorites.

1. Cramming grapes down your throat at midnight

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Just at the stroke of midnight, people across Spanish-speaking countries like Cuba and Ecuador measure out 12 grapes and pop them into their mouths. One grape is meant to be good luck for each month of the new year. It’s a pretty cute tradition if you think about it!

2. Sweeping down the house

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The tradition of keeping up with a broom can be seen in various Latin American countries. In some peopleclean and sweep their home to ensure they’re “out with the old” in others they toss out their brooms to symbolize this.

3. Tossing a bucket of water out of the window

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Various Latin American countries get rid of evil and the old with this fun tradition. Some countries like Cuba toss out buckets of water from the front door or window of a house to dump out all bad luck that could come in from the new year. No word on what could happen if someone’s standing below the dumping of water!

4. Selecting all of the underwear and organizing it properly

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The tradition of new underwear for the New Year can be seen across countries throughout the world. But in Latin American countries many believe that the underwear you wear for New Year’s Eve can have a big hand in what ultimately happens to you in the year that comes. For example: red underwear brings in love, yellow underwear brings in fortune. Whatever you do! Don’t wear black, it’s said to bring bad luck.

5. Circling the block with a suitcase

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Eager for a travel adventure in the New Year? Many Latin American cultures subscribe to a believe that if you walk in a circle with a suitcase around your home or neighborhood jet-setting opportunities will come for you in the new year.

6. Getting lit with some effigies:

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For people living in Panama and Ecuador burning “muñecos” — or effigies of famous people, is a way to do away with the old. People who keep up with tradition put muñecos on display after Christmas and then burn them in a bonfire.

7. Ringing in the new year with some carols

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Mexicans in Colorado and New Mexico keep up with the caroling tradition by singing  “Dando los Dias” for neighbors on the night of January 1st. On their journey singers are supposed to set out to find anyone by the name of named Manuel and go to his house after all St. Emmanuel is the patron saint of new years.

8. Exchanging hands with silver

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Countries throughout Latin American believe that it is good luck to hold on to silver to bring good fortune in the new year.

9. Sounding off and shooting some bullets into the air

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Gun control people! Still, in Latin neighborhoods in Miami, you can hear the sound of guns being sounded off into the air as a celebration.

10. Hanging with some peeps in an old graveyard 

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For the New Year, Chilean’s often hangs out in Chilean graveyards to say goodbye to the dearly departed.

11. Storing up and stashing back the cash

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 In Ecuador, hiding money around the house is thought to bring prosperity. At the very least, if you’ve forgotten where you’ve hidden your cash and end up finding it again a few months down the road, it’s like getting free money.

12. Donning white

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For a fun Brazilian new year treat, wear white underwear or even dress completely in white! If you do this while jumping seven waves and placing flowers into the ocean you might not just get good luck with money, it could be love and advancement too!

13. Popping off with the fireworks to burn up an Effigy

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Paraguayans and Colombia ring in the new year by creating an effigy called the “Año Nuevo.” They then set it on fire with fireworks at midnight to get rid of all of the bad luck.

Does Anybody Really Know What’s Supposed To Happen After You Get The Baby Jesus Figurine In La Rosca De Reyes?

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Does Anybody Really Know What’s Supposed To Happen After You Get The Baby Jesus Figurine In La Rosca De Reyes?

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Remember Día de Reyes when everyone cuts the rosca and hopes to god not to get the little niño Jesus? If you grew up Mexican, you probably know that whoever gets the baby Jesus figurine owes everyone tamales. But when is the tamal party? And most importantly—why? Keep reading to find out what El Día de la Candelaria means, what your abuelitas and tías are actually celebrating and how it originated —spoiler alert: it’s colonization.

February 2nd may be Groundhog Day in the United States, but in Mexico, and for many Latinos outside of Mexico, there is a completely different celebration on this date.

The religious holiday is known as Día de la Candelaria (or Candlemas in English). And on this day of the year, people get together with family and friends to eat tamales, as a continuation of the festivities of Three Kings’ Day on January 6. 

This is why your abuelita dresses up her niño Jesús in extravagant outfits.

For Día de la Candelaria it’s customary for celebrants to dress up figures of the Christ Child in special outfits and take them to the church to be blessed. Día de la Candelaria is traditionally a religious and family celebration, but in some places, such as Tlacotalpan, in the state of Veracruz, it is a major fiesta with fairs and parades.

February 2nd is exactly forty days after Christmas and is celebrated by the Catholic church as the Feast of the Purification of the Virgin.

Alternatively, this day also counts as the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple. The origin of this religious feast day comes from ancient Jewish tradition. According to Jewish law, a woman was considered unclean for 40 days after giving birth, and it was customary to bring a baby to the temple after that period of time had passed. So the idea is that Mary and Joseph would have taken Jesus to the temple to be blessed on February second, forty days after his birth on December 25.

The tradition goes back to around the 11th Century in Europe.

People typically took candles to the church to be blessed as part of the celebration. This tradition was based on the biblical passage of Luke 2:22-39 which recounts how when Mary and Joseph took Jesus to the temple, a particularly devout man named Simeon embraced the child and prayed the Canticle of Simeon: “Now thou dost dismiss thy servant, O Lord, according to thy word in peace; Because my eyes have seen thy salvation, Which thou hast prepared before the face of all peoples: A light to the revelation of the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.” The reference to the light inspired the celebration of the blessing of the candles.

In Mexico Día de la Candelaria is a follow-up to the festivities of Three Kings Day on January 6th.

On Día De Reyes, when children receive gifts, families and friends gather together to eat Rosca de Reyes, a special sweet bread with figurines of a baby (representing the Child Jesus) hidden inside. The person (or people) who received the figurines on Three Kings Day are supposed to host the party on Candlemas Day. Tamales are the food of choice.

This tradition also carries Pre-Hispanic roots.

After the Spanish conquistadors introduced the Catholic religion and masked indigenous traditions with their own, to help spread evangelization, many villagers picked up the tradition of taking their corn to the church in order to get their crops blessed after planting their seeds for the new agricultural cycle that was starting. They did this on February 2, which was the eleventh day of the first month on the Aztec calendar —which coincidentally fell on the same day as the Candelaria celebration. It’s believed that this is why, to this day, the celebratory feast on February 2 is all corn-based —atole and tamales.

This date is special for other reasons too… 

February 2, marks the halfway point between the winter solstice and the spring equinox, which aligns with the pagan holiday of Imbolc. Since ancient times, this date was thought to be a marker or predictor of the weather to come, which is why it is also celebrated as Groundhog Day in the United States. There was an old English saying that went “if Candlemas be fair and bright, Winter has another flight. If Candlemas brings clouds and rain, Winter will not come again.” In many places, this is traditionally seen as the best time to prepare the earth for spring planting.

In Perú the Fiesta de la Candelaria is a festival in honor of the Virgin of Candelaria, patron saint of the city of Puno and it is one of the biggest festivals of culture, music, and dancing in the country.

The huge festival brings together the Catholic faith and Andean religion in homage to the Virgin of Candelaria. The Virgin represents fertility and purity. She is the patron saint of the city and is strongly associated with the Andean deity of ‘Pachamama’ (‘mother earth’). It is this common factor of both religions that brings them together for the festival. In 2014, UNESCO declared the festival an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The main dates of ‘Fiesta de la Candelaria’ are February 2nd – 12th.

A Woman Threw A Lowrider-Themed Party For Her Son’s First Birthday And It’s Just Too Much For Our Hearts

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A Woman Threw A Lowrider-Themed Party For Her Son’s First Birthday And It’s Just Too Much For Our Hearts

When it comes to maintaining and seeing our Latinidad flourish, instilling a sense of pride, excitement, and curiosity in our younger generations is key. Particularly when it comes to the past. One Twitter user’s recent birthday celebrations for her son, emphasized just how much teaching the old to the new is vital.

Way back before Twitter user @whoissd’s son Silas Cash C turned 1 year old, living in Southern California crafted a car style called “lowrider” that expressed pride in their culture and presence in the states. While the brightly painted, lowriding automobiles that were outfitted with special hydraulics that made them bounce up and down saw a peak in the 1970s, they remain a big part of Chicano culture, particularly in Los Angeles.

@whoissd’s son Silas is proving that he’ll be part of a generation that will not let the culture die out recently when he celebrated his first full year with a theme that was little more unique and closer to his family’s hearts.

For her son, Silas Cash’s, first birthday, SD threw an authentic lowrider party — complete with the recognizable cruisers in attendance.

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On July 27, SD shared pics of the big event with her Twitter followers. The post showed baby Silas Cash cruising in his own pint-sized orange lowrider. The party came complete with several lowriders and classic cars in attendance for party-goers to check out. Since posting the adorable pics on Twitter, the message has received more than 22.5k retweets and over 138k likes.

According to SD, Silas Cash developed a fascination with lowriders because of his dad. In an email to REMEZCLA, the mom explained the connection.

“[My son’s dad] started restoring two cars to continue a bond that he had shared with his own father throughout his childhood and it’s now something that the has been introduced to our son. The lowrider culture represents family, unity, and respect to us. It really is a beautiful thing.”

The one-year old’s mini lowrider had to be specially made in Japan just for his birthday party.

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Silas Cash’s mom explained the decision to have the tiny lowrider made for her kiddo.

“We originally thought about getting Silas his own lowrider because of the immediate attraction he has to his dad’s Impala. With enough searching, we were able to find someone who custom makes remote-controlled pedal cars, and we were sold… Silas and his dad have matching orange ’63 Impalas with the same candy paint hardtops to match.”

Twitter was quick to react to the simply adorable party and they couldn’t stop gushing over it.

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As this tweet points out, this party is so authentically LA. Lowrider culture started in the streets of California in the mid-to-late 1940s and the post-war ’50s. Chicano youth would lower their car’s blocks, cut spring coils and alter auto frames in order to get the lowest and slowest ride possible. Back then, this was an act of rebellion against the Anglo authorities who suppressed Mexican-American culture.

This Snoop Dog meme says it all.

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We’ve seen this meme make its rounds on the internet our fair share of times but this time it 100% applies. These pics of Baby Silas Cash and his mama are some of the cutest we’ve ever seen. The added bonus of the mini Impala makes this post almost too cute to handle.

A reminder that this little man is officially the coolest kid on the block.

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We can just see Baby Silas Cash pulling up to the playground in this custom low rider peddle cart and being the envy of all the other rugrats. There’s no doubt that he is the most chill kiddo at daycare.

*”Lowrider” plays in the distance*

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We’re getting major “The George Lopez Show” flashbacks with all this lowrider talk. Don’t you think Silas Cash needs his own theme song? Obviously, there’s only one that is cool enough for the littlest lowrider.

Other tweets pointed out that it takes a fiercely cool mom to pull off this sort of party.

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We’ve got to respect SD’s mom game. She really took her vision and went for it, resulting in a fun, unique and memorable party that her guests will never forget. Great job, mom; we hope Silas Cash grows up to realize how awesome his parents are.