New Year’s Eve; Chilean Style!
Pop open the bubbly and raise a glass, it’s the final countdown to New Year’s Eve!
December 31st is one of the most important celebrations of the year. For Chileans, it’s an occasion to party and be merry until the wee hours of the morning.
This year my boyfriend and I will be spending New Year’s Eve here in Chile with some of our closest friends.
To welcome the New Year in typical Chilean-style, they have a list of traditions to ensure that the following year brings joy, good fortune, and love in the New Year.
So, this is exactly how we intend to welcome the New Year; regardless of how crazy some of these traditions may seem!
Here is a list of some of the Chilean New Year’s Traditions and Superstitions…
Twelve Grapes – At midnight, Chileans eat twelve grapes, one for each month.
Yellow underwear – Was the previous year a dud for your love life? Wear yellow underwear and someone special will come along with the new year. Alternatively, some people say wearing the yellow underwear means you will become engaged within the next year.
Empty Suitcase – Is one of your New Year resolutions to travel more? Chileans have a trick to guarantee that that goal comes true. Before midnight, take your empty suitcase for a stroll around the block for a year full of new adventures and memories in exciting, far-off places.
Lentils – To have a prosperous new year full of abundance and economic success, eat a hearty serving of lentils on New Year’s Eve. Bring on the abundance!
Money in the shoe – If you don’t think the lentils or grapes did the trick for making bank in the new year, place a $1000 Chilean peso in your right shoe. According to the superstition, it will multiply in the coming year. Shall we call it a shoe-investment?
New Clothes – Hoping for big changes? Only wear new clothes on the big night, for a year filled with the new and in vogue.
Gold Ring in Champagne – While sipping the celebratory champagne, make sure to put a gold ring in the flute and drink the liquid while the ring is still in the glass. This will bring you good luck
Kiss at midnight – The classic “kiss at the stroke of midnight” bodes well for a year without loneliness.
Feliz Año Nuevo!