Here Are 14 Superstitious Things You Can Do To Guarantee A New Year Filled With Money, Travel, And Love
Latino culture means wearing red underwear on New Year’s Eve to guarantee a lover in the new year, or maybe yellow underwear to attract that dinero. Latinos have more than a few tricks and traditions that help secure a happy, successful, and prosperous new year. Most of us have been guilty of trying them, or at the very least we’ve watched our crazy tías go through with more than a few of these. Read along for some very strange New Years Ever superstitions that guarantee and happy and prosperous New Year.
Sweeping away ‘malas vibras’ to make the new year victorious.
Sweeping with the broom towards the door is a symbolic way of sweeping out the bad vibes of the past year. Expel those malas vibras and negativity and get the broom ready.
New red/yellow underwear for love and wealth.
Wearing brand new undies is a must on New Year’s Eve. If you wear red, the gods of new year’s superstitions will send a new lover your way. If you wear yellow, you’ll attract a lot of dinero and lots of work.
Open your doors and windows.
Make sure that when the new year hits, your doors and windows are all kept open. This is, both literally and figuratively, meant to open doors in your life and fill you with new and fresh opportunities in the year to come.
Walk out of the door with your right foot.
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No, but really. People actually do this. Just as the clock strikes midnight, you have to walk out of your home and re-enter, right foot first. That way you’ll start the year on the right foot!
Dance around a tree.
Okay, this one sounds a little insane, but hey, they’re ancient superstitions. It’s believed that dancing around a tree during the transition from one year to the next, will bring good luck and prosperity.
Twelve grapes in your champagne.
This is a very Spanish tradition that many Latinos have inherited through generations. From Mexico to Portugal and so many other countries, it’s customary to eat 12 grapes at the stroke of midnight. Each grape symbolizes a month of the year and the possibility of good things happening. Make a wish with every grape you eat and your year will be off to a good start.
Fridge and wallets full to the brim.
Fill up your wallet with cash, and stock up your fridge and pantry. If you start off the year with abundance, you’ll definitely end it that way, or so says the tradition, idk.
Put a gold ring in your champagne.
Putting a gold ring in your glass of champagne and letting it sit there while you toast and drink to the new year to come, is believed to attract money. Just make sure not to swallow it, salud!
Turning on all the lights at home.
Obviously, only do this for a few minutes. Like our parents, we’re not trying to rack up a huge electricity bill. Light up your house, making sure that no corner is left ‘in the dark’, this is meant to ensure a year of brightness and ‘light’.
Leave a suitcase by the door or walk it around the block.
If you do this your new year will be full of trips and travels. Who doesn’t want to set off on new adventures around the world next year?
Get up and down with each ‘campanada’.
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As soon as people start counting down the last ten seconds of the year, you’ll be getting up and down from your seat with every tick of the clock. Not only is this a little bit of a workout, this is meant to attract new, healthy relationships.
Write your wishes on a piece of paper.
Before the nochevieja dinner, you’re supposed to write down all of your wishes and goals for the new year in a little piece of paper. Then, during dinner, keep it close to you so that it absorbs your energy and when the time comes to ring in the New Year, burn the piece of paper with the conviction that everything you wrote on it will come true. You’re welcome.
Start the year at the beach.
Many people head to the beach to receive the new year in the ocean. It’s believed that if you go for a swim at midnight, all the bad vibes, bad juju, and negativity will get washed away and offered to the sea. This way you’ll start the new year with a clean slate.
Make lots of noise.
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Some believe that if you greet the new year with a lot of noise and escandalo, the bad spirits and vibes will be scared off. So go scare that mal de ojo away this New Year’s Eve.