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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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.

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

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

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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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Latinos Are Some Of The Most Festive People And These Traditions Prove It


Latinos Are Some Of The Most Festive People And These Traditions Prove It

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We all experienced that moment when you realized you celebrated holidays a little different in your Latino household. Maybe it was when you realized that they didn’t celebrate Three Kings Day with shoes and boxes filled with hay. Or maybe your realization came when your friends and their families didn’t eat grapes for good luck at their New Years Ever party.

Seeing all of the traditions written down just makes them all the more heartwarming. Read on if you’re already getting warm, fuzzy feelings.

Día de las Velitas honors the beginning of the holiday season.

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In Colombia, the day is celebrated on December 7, but as we already know, Costco begins celebrating on August 20th. You can buy your Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations all at the same time there.

We literally only cook out of toddler size pots during the holidays.

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If your tía can’t post a joke picture of one of your primitos in the pot, then it’s not big enough. We eat a lot so there always has to be too much food.

Dancing tías flock to la tamalada at your house for three straight days.

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If you’ve never seen a group of mamis y tías making tamales for the holidays, you have not experienced efficiency. It is an assembly line process that will surprise anyone.

We can’t wait for Christmas so we celebrate Buena Noche.

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The big family dinner is on Christmas Eve and everyone stays up late drinking coquito, eating waves of flan y natilla, and waiting for the clock to strike midnight. Then all the kids start opening their presents because it’s *technically* Christmas.

The Oaxaca Radish Festival in Mexico is incredible.

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Known as “Noche de Rabanos,” the main square of Oaxaca is flooded with artisan created radish carvings on December 23. They’re often molded into nativity scenes, and there’s always food and dancing.

Boricuas will parranda your casa up.

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We thrive on barging into people’s homes and making a party. The parranda is a Puerto Rican tradition that literally entitles you to takeover your friends’ homes with live music. You’ll never know when it’s going to happen so just always be ready with food for an extra 20 Puerto Ricans and you’ll have a good time.

If you’re religious, you participate in La Novena.

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Every night in the nine days before Christmas, you sing prayers around your local nativity scene. In this picture, Arizona Latinos sang their 2017 novena for the “families unjustly detained.” ✊🏽

After la novena, you might remember singing villancicos.

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They’re basically just Spanish Christmas carols. They go back hundreds of years and are actually poems. Popular songs include “Noche de paz,” “Los peces en el río,” “Campana sobre campana” and “Mi Burrito Saberno.”

In Venezuela, they roll through patinatas.

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In the week leading up to Christmas Eve, people will just take to closed-off roads or plazas to roller skate in what they call a “patinata.”

Of course, there are always the posadas.

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Unlike the standard family masses that include a group of kids acting out the nativity story, posadas take to different neighborhood each night. The children knock on a door and sing a song asking for space at their inn. The hosts will sing back to them and welcome them in for ponche, buñelos and tamales.

You’ll never forget the torture of La Misa del Gallo.

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Also known as “Rooster’s Mass,” because it happens at midnight on Christmas Eve. Traditionally, in Rome and Spain, Misa del Gallo is celebrated at the crack of dawn, but when it was assimilated into Mexico, rural families adjusted the tradition so they can go back to their farms and take care of the animals.

Latinos also have Día de los Reyes Magos to look forward to.

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If your parents were super traditional, they would only let you open one present on Buena Noche and wait until Three Kings Day for the rest.

In Puerto Rico, we put a shoebox of hay under the bed the night before Three Kings Day.

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Instead of putting out cookies for Santa, we leave hay under the bed for the camels who are carrying the Three Kings to eat. The next morning, we wake up and there’s a present there instead.

Then there are the NYE traditions like Año Viejo.

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Some people ring in the new year by building a cardboard doll that represents the bad times of the last year. Then the doll is set on fire at midnight in hopes of burning away the past and bringing in a brighter new year.

Caption: “The old year of San Juan de Colón in # Tachira pays homage in its burning of this year to Neomar Lander, hero of the # Resistance of # Venezuela assassinated by the Maduro Narcotics. Like other more than 130 young people also killed in the fight for freedom! Maduro will fall !!!!”

The tastiest tradition is to eat twelve grapes after midnight.

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You make a wish for every month of the new year and then they all come true. The tradition originates in Spain, but has become popular all over Latin America.

Leave it to Latinos to make cleaning a ritual tradition.

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We already do it every Saturday, but every New Years Eve, you spend the whole morning deep cleaning the house, because “a clean slate starts with a clean house.” Cubans will hold on to the bucket of dirty water until midnight and throw it over the balcony to cleanse bad energy from the last year.

Oh, and you have to wear yellow underwear on NYE.

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Some people have a tradition to change your underwear at midnight for good luck. Others swear that yellow underwear specifically will bring good luck.

Spend the last day of the year hiding money around your house.

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Ecuadorians claim this tradition which is meant to bring wealth in prosperity in the new year. I mean, it literally works because then you find all the money the next day and feel richer.

Brazilians hurry to the beach to jump over 7 waves after midnight.

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The tradition comes from Candomblé, an African religion that was secretly practiced by the slaves from Bahia. Brazilian NYE parties also include hoards of people wearing all white, to symbolize peace and rebirth.

Dominicans pack a suitcase to their NYE parties.

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The tradition is to pack a suitcase and walk around the block to ensure safe travel for the following year. My family is lazy. We just take an empty suitcase and walk in circles around the house.

READ: 25 Latino Superstitions That Are Proven Fact

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25 Latino Superstitions That Are Proven Fact


25 Latino Superstitions That Are Proven Fact


Some people think that they just have good luck, and leave it at that. Not Latinos. We have an arsenal of rules to help attract good luck and repel bad luck. And if something bad happens to you, it’s probably because you put your purse on the ground, or spilled the beans on a good dream you had.

Here are the top 25 Latino superstitions I grew up with and thanks to the Internet, we can gather up all our family superstitions and make Latinos the luckiest group of people around. Comment with your family’s superstitions.

1. The evil eye will ward off evil spirits.

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Wear them on your wrists, ankles, paint them on your fingernails, post them up inside and outside the house. These lil guys will protect you from evil spirits. Plus, they’re real cute.

2. Eat twelve grapes on New Years Eve.

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On New Years Eve, right when the clock strikes midnight and you’ve made your ching chings, everyone starts eating grapes. Each grape represents one month out of the year, so you can set yourself up for a wish granted each month.

3. Keeping a full glass of water on the fridge or behind the bed absorbs evil spirits.

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Also, the family dog. It’s f*cked up, but it’s what my Nana always said. Also played out to be true in “Signs,” am I right?

4. If you sweep a single woman’s feet, she will be single forever.

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Say a prayer to St. Anthony, because your future is lost forever. It’s best to light all the candles in the house and legit get on your knees and beg.

5. Keep an upside down broom behind the door if you want to prevent unwanted visitors.

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Or, you could just use the broom to chase them out if they come over. Seems more effective imho.

6. But don’t forget to throw out last years brooms in order to get rid of the evil in the house.

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Grandma: Did you throw it yet?

Me: I’m on the roof doing it now!

7. If you put your purse on the floor, the devil takes your money.

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Like, in a metaphorical big way. Not just the money in your bag. It’s also terrible luck.

8. If a bright colored bug gets in the house it is good luck.

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Because our mothers come from the land of bright bugs, and they come bearing gifts. I’ll take it! Thank you buggies.

9. And then there are the preganancy/baby superstitions. Babies have to wear red to ward off bad energy.

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You have no choice in the matter, nobody cares what your color is. You’re wearing red. Like, everything is going to red for a while.

 10. If you are pregnant and rub your belly, the baby will get a mole in that place.

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Hands off the belly, todo el mundo, you’re making my baby ugly. P.S.- This is why Latinxs are so flawless, btw.

11. If you cut a baby’s hair before they turn 1 it is bad luck.

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The iconic look every single one of us wore for the first year of our lives on earth. Never goes out of style. Never.

12. To make labor easier, fill a large pot with hot water.


Once the water boils, place the pot on the floor and squat over it for as long as you can. This will help make your labor a breeze… allegedly.

13. Pinching a red-head could give you good luck.

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This must be why my mother went red for a few decades. She loved the attention. 😉

14. If you put your shirt on inside-out it means that someone is going to give you a gift soon.

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I’m owed so many gifts, for real. Maybe they’re pity gifts, built into these very many superstitions. Or perhaps it doesn’t work if you do it on purpose.

15. Staring at a dog while it poops mean you are going to get an eye pimple.

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Cover your eyes, and look away. For everyone’s sake. Although, I still don’t know what an eye pimple is.

16. You never ask someone to pass you the salt or you’ll get all their bad luck.

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But if you reach over the table, ya murió. When we were kids, random viejos would always compliment my mom about how well-behaved we were. It’s because we were terrified to do anything lest we break a superstitious rule.

17. If a fork falls, a woman will visit you and if a knife falls, a man will.

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Are these good or bad visits? Is this good luck or bad luck? We don’t know but it always feels like an omen.

18. If you have a nightmare tell someone immediately or it will come true.

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This is why Latinos are constantly talking about their nightmares. If it’s a good dream, though, you better not say a word or it won’t come true.

19. If you dream of someone losing teeth, someone’s going to die.

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I mean, we could get into a dozen different superstitions that come from dreams. Please see your local abuelita for a ‘Dream Book.’ Dreaming of teeth is the ultimate omen though. Let’s hope it’s not three teeth…

20. The Rule of Three’s.

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It’s the most comforting superstition of all (jk, jk). If two bad things have happened to you, your mom will be quick to point out that another is on its way.

21. Don’t ‘split poles’ or you’ll have bad luck.

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Verdad, my tía once threw my cousin into a trash can after she willfully walked between two poles. Our family has never recovered from the curse of the split poles.

22. All you need is a red thread to get rid of hiccups.

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Got hiccups? No problem! Just lick a red thread and stick it to your forehead and poof! Other childhood methods include drinking a Yoohoo upside down on the couch.

23. Itchy Palms=$$$

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Itchy palms? DO. NOT. SCRATCH. THEM. Maybe it’s just an old wives’ tale to prevent us from scratching, but I’m hooked on the lure. Hint: it’s money. Money is coming your way. Pray for itchy palms, friends.

24. If the expectant mother is outside during a full moon, the baby will be born with a giant birthmark.


You might think the full moon is there to light up a beautiful pregnancy pic, but wrong. It’s laying birthmarks all over your baby.

25. The most important pregnancy superstition imho is to never resist a food craving…

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…or else your baby will come out with its mouth open. I plan to put this superstition into effect in my everyday. I’m gay, but you can never be too safe.

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