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New Years Eve Superstitions And Traditions That We All Swear By Because They Work

We all know that the magic of Jan. 1 is the promise of a fresh slate with mint new opportunities for love, dinero y good luck. Most people get drunk and kiss someone while they watch a giant ball drop in New York.

Latinos have a whole different method to ensure good luck, safe travels and hot sex in the new year and nobody else will understand.

If you’re Camila Cabello, you tweet this every year.

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In 2016, she admitted the superstitions got to her and now she feels morally obligated to tweet that every year. I get it. Traditions make the magic happen. We bet she does literally all of this, too.

We get drunk off coquito and stuff our bodies with leftover tamales/pasteles.

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You make enough tamales or pasteles at Buena Noche to last you until NYE because if your body doesn’t enter the New Year with food so entrenched in tradition, you get the same creepy feeling Camila gets when she considers not tweeting about her last shower. You just do it. You eat and get drunk.

Because we reuse everything, you also make sure everybody gets a chupito de coquito.

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I don’t know what all this is, but we’re here for the Bacardi and we’re not going to drink it straight. Do as our ancestors taught us and prosper.

You eat 12 grapes at midnight.

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One for every month of the year. Most of us make a wish for every month if we’re coherent enough to form thoughts.

Before the festivities, you scrub that house clean.

@ChaosAndConrad / Twitter

Because we’re all about the metaphors and superstitions. Clean the juju out of su casa unless you want to carry it all with you into the new year.

And then toss the dirty water out the window.

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*NOT* down the drain. The superstition is if you throw the bucket of dirty water out the window, that’s what officially washes you of bad juju.

Oh and before midnight, you do one last sweep.

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We’re nothing if not thorough. Plus, it’s a way to make sure the kids know that they’re always on the clock.

Lentejas bring you good luck so eat the most.

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You also warn your date that the farts will be with them tonight, but it’ll all be worth it because you’re about to be their good luck charm in 2019. Come, come, come.

You run around the barrio with your luggage.

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Well, that’s what we all know we’re supposed to do, but we’re all too lazy and proud to actually go outside and do it. So you run around the house with your luggage so that your year is blessed with travels. It works!

Wear white for prosperity. Never wear black.

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Maybe it’s the Santería in us, maybe it’s the Brazileño, but wherever this superstition comes from, we abide by its laws. The luck of the new year is all in the color of su ropa.

Want your year de amor? Wear red underwear.

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For some reason, our parents will be the first to tell you that if you wear red underwear, you’ll attract your soulmate in the next year. “It’s the law of attraction,” they say.

Want that money? Wear fresh yellow panties.

@Dingo_Bln / Twitter

I know. I hate the word ‘panties,’ too, but this is the script in the Great Book of Superstitions. They all say to wear yellow panties if you want good fortune next year. Don’t shoot the messenger.

Another way to earn that dough is by holding silver coins in your hand at midnight.

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I mean, this one makes sense–if you follow the Law of Attraction. Make it rain, 2019.

Screw your left foot. You’re standing on your right at midnight to start the year off right.

The Little Mermaid / Disney

Just like we all know to walk onto an airplane with your right foot for life-saving luck, we all know to flamingo it up at midnight. Raise your hand if you made a fool of yourself the first NYE with blanquitos. ????????

Burn your enemies. Literally.

@Anna_Mazz / Twitter

Burn photos of the men that ghosted you, of the boss who unfollowed you on social media, of every resentment you hold dear in your heart from this terrible, terrible year. Don’t carry it with you–let the fire take it all.

Palo Santo your entire home and cuerpo.

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Some of us use sage but most of us use Palo Santo. We flood the house with it’s purifying smoke to rid the house of ghosts, bad energy, etc. to make room for the good that’ll come with the new year.

Every single light must be on in the house at midnight.

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It’s the one time of year your mami isn’t running around, turning off lights, yelling, “Y que? Piensas que soy un banco?” It “brightens” the new year.

Quick! Do three squats.

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Well, it’s more like, get off your ass and stand up. Now sit back down and do that three more times. Voila! You’re going to get married next year. De nada.

It’s 2018 so we’re creating new traditions.

@BadSalishGirl / Twitter

Honestly, mosre people need to get in on this one.

I’ll be saving my energy to smash white corporate supremacy in 2019, hbu?

@Shannon_Grayson / Twitter

What crazy traditions will you keep and which will you bury? Comment below!


READ: NYE Traditions That Seem Weird AF To Everyone Else But Latinos

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Hopefully, These Latino New Year’s Traditions Will Make 2021 Better Than 2020

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Hopefully, These Latino New Year’s Traditions Will Make 2021 Better Than 2020

It is almost the New Year. That means that we are almost done with the dumpster-fire of a year known as 2020. We are all grappling with a virus that has spread across the world and there has been a long list of bad news this year. So, why not try one or all of these traditions to bring good luck in 2021.

Burning Dolls

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In Ecuador, you burn dolls or photos of things you didn’t like from 2020. It is believed that this will guarantee that you won’t have the same issue in the next year. Honestly, it makes sense to wish things to be different in 2021.

Wear Yellow (Or Red) Underwear

The underwear you have on when the clock strikes midnight might be more important than you think. In several Latino cultures, wearing red underwear for New Year’s will usher in a year of love and luck in romance. Yellow underwear will bring a year of financial success. No word yet on what happens if you wear one pair of each but you might as well give it a shot.

Eat 12 Grapes At Midnight

This is the most common tradition and it is so tasty. You have to eat 12 grapes at midnight to bring a year of good luck. Be careful though. If you have a particularly sour grape it means that month will be a rough one. A fun way to do it is to put the grapes on your champagne flute, down the champagne and eat the grapes.

Wear White

Start the year on a good note. Do no wear black when celebrating New Year’s because that will usher in a year of bad luck and we want to make sure we leave that in 2020. Wearing white is a good way to get the kind of luck you want out of 2021. Forget the little black dress. Try a nice white jumpsuit to start the year.

Clean Your House

Now, we all know that you do a wonderful job of keeping a sparkling clean house every day of the year. That is just how mom raised you. However, give it an extra scrub to make sure you start on the best possible foot. They do say that the dirtier and more cluttered your space the more cluttered your life is. What could it hurt?

Throw A Bucket Of Water Out Of The Window (Or Door)

All of that bad energy from the year is still in the house. There are so many ways to get rid of it but one of the best ways is to fill a bucket with water and throw it out the window (or door). The water has the power to get that bad energy and release it from your home.

Walk Around The Block With Your Suitcase

We haven’t been able to go anywhere in 2020 because of the virus and all of the lockdowns. Try this one again and maybe there will be some travel in 2021. Take a suitcase and walk it around the block. Or you can walk around the house or apartment. That should set you up for a little bit of travel next year.

Good luck and Happy New Year!

READ: New York Times Square New Years Eve Celebration Canceled

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Yes, They Do Nochebuena In The Philippines!

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Yes, They Do Nochebuena In The Philippines!

Sure, Christmas Day is great but just about every Latino knows that Nochebuena is where it’s at. The holiday, which refers to the night of Christmas Eve and is celebrated on December 24, is one of the bigger holidays of the Christmas season and is often packed full with feasts of lechon, and other wonderful desserts. For many, it is believed that the tradition of Nochebuena and its lechon stems from colonial hunting down of pigs. If true it’s easy to see why Spanish colonized regions and countries (even outside of Latin America) share the same traditions of the holiday.

Case in point: the Philipines where Nochebuena is central to the holiday season.

Curious about what a Filipino Nochebuena looks like?

Fortunately, Filipino Reddit users have been sharing their traditions and recipes.

Check them out below!

“Fiesta Ham and Keso de Bola. Working in a muslim country. Its difficult to get pork.. Meron pero limited choices.. Meron generic Chiken Ham.. pero wla paring tatalo sa made in the phils!” – reddit user

“roast beef with cheesy pepper sauce, beef stroganoff with sour cream paste, italian formaggio a sfera (queso de bola), baked ham with sweet bourbon-mustard glaze, carbonara with peanut butter sauce, chocolate pork binagoongan, and of course hotdogs and marshmallows on a stick! YUM!!” –ejmtv

  1. Lechon Bread – It was invented when someone thought “hmm, lechon kills cholesterol too slowly. It will cost a lot before we mastroke. Can we make cheap lechon made from carbs and sugar?
  2. Keso De Bola – No one remembers why Keso De Bola is a tradition for us at Christmas. The truth is, when the messiah was born in the manger, his first language was “Maybe it would be delicious if we had Cheese De Bola, papsi.” And that is the legend of Cheese de bola.
  3. Embotido – “Dude, I have an idea. Take the leftover leftover dish last night and wrap it in foil. Solid to. “Marijuana has nothing to do with the invention of the embotido. Nothing.
  4. Pansit Palabok – for people who like spaghetti but don’t like spaghetti noodles, don’t like tomatoes, don’t like minced meat, don’t like cheese, and don’t like hotdogs.
  5. Pansit Bihon – For people who like Pansit Palabok but don’t like Palabok. EDI WOW. I hope you are happy.
  6. Pichipichi with cheese. – This is the dish that is delicious pichipichi made from special food and then instead of adding coconut, it spoils the taste with cheese because only bad people make it.
  7. “Parang tumaba ka” / “When are you getting married” comments – No party with relatives should lose those who are willing to be ready like this.
  8. Deconstructed Pigeon casserini with warm foie gras sorbet Menudo / Mechado / Afritada / Caldereta – it’s just the same. Name it what you call it ika nga.
  9. KFC. –
  10. Pucha I forgot to cook and the leche flan I made burned. Are they still open?” –redkinoko

“Last year’s menu: roast beef, baked lemon chicken, pesto/alfredo/meatball spag, cream dory with sour cream, paella, lechon belly, honey glazed ham, Caesar/Italian salad, fresh lumpia, leche flan, cake, chocolate pudding, bibingka, quezo de bola, wine, beer.” –mitselschisels

“During Christmas, we have bread, ham, and queso de bola, served with hot chocolate (we always use Ricoa). Our Christmas and New Year is kind of incomplete without these. This is for those who don’t want to eat rice.” –koyapres

“I usually make Honey Glazed Chicken for the fam, the honey is really good and it helps break down the protein on the chicken making it more tender. Instead of making Spaghetti, try making Carbonara. For dessert try making Mango Float, or twist the recipe a little where you replace Mangoes to Oreos instead.” –WashiTheAxe

“Suman with hot chocolate? Oh gooood.” –CheateroGG

“Crispy pata and lechong baboy. Mahal ng pork belly dito sa Canada.”-thrsblyt

“Lechon belly, baby back ribs, potato salad, carbonara and baked mac, Kare kare and caldereta.”- ainako_

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