Celebrate the New Year holidays in Mexico: Spanish tips for a festive mood

By Tychyna TetianaJan 1, 2024 22:13 PMNews
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Celebrate the New Year holidays in Mexico: Spanish tips for a festive mood
New Year in Mexico. Source: Freepik

It seems like only yesterday that we were saying goodbye to the past year, getting together with friends for dinner and watching fireworks together. But soon we will be welcoming the next year, 2024.

There is no better way to end the year than to immerse yourself in the Mexican traditions of New Year's Eve celebrations and learn Spanish. How to do it right and what rules to follow is reported by mexiconewsdaily.

The right clothes and colour

Start your day with an exciting shopping trip in search of red or yellow underwear! This custom, which has its roots in Mexican families, came to us from our ancestors. According to ancient beliefs, wearing red underwear or yellow panties on New Year's Eve is not just a fashion statement but a powerful way to attract love and ensure financial stability in the coming year. Sometimes people even combine both colours, putting one on top of the other. But it's important to remember that the effect will only be there if someone gives them to you. So keep this secret recipe in mind if you want 2024 to be full of love and abundance.

12 grapes

The symbolism of the 12 grapes in the Mexican New Year is great: they are not just fruits, they are 12 goals set for the next year. At the moment of dinner, you weigh your intentions, and each grape is a commitment to yourself. Eating them one by one, you take turns making decisions about important aspects of your life, making promises that will help you realize these intentions throughout the year. This ancient custom becomes a symbol of perseverance and determination to make your dreams come true in the year to come.

Cleaning the house

Sweeping the house with the door wide open is not just an act of cleaning but also a symbolic gesture that conveys a message of cleanliness and space for future changes. This tradition, introduced by my mother in our home, embodies wishes for joy and positive emotions in the new year. It's like the American idea of letting go of the past and embracing the new, but with an explicit action, where every gesture becomes a symbol of purification to meet new opportunities.

Success and prosperity

Another beautiful custom is to cook lentils and give them to friends as a sign of good luck or to display different seeds on a tray, symbolizing different aspects of well-being. For example, rice symbolizes prosperity, abundance, unity, and love, while wheat represents the importance of prosperity in the home. Lentils are associated with success, and sunflower seeds are associated with hard work in the coming year. These symbolic gifts become not only a gesture of goodwill but also a wish for happiness and prosperity for the coming year.

Symbols

Preparing lentils and distributing them to friends or arranging various seeds on a tray is another beautiful custom that fills New Year's Eve with special meaning. Rice symbolizes prosperity, abundance, unity, and love; wheat represents the importance of food in the home; lentils bring good luck; and sunflower seeds are meant to ensure a busy year of work. These gestures carry with them wishes of success and prosperity, symbolizing the importance of every aspect of life in the coming year.

A year full of travelling

Go out with your suitcases full of hope for a year filled with adventure and travel. This game with the symbolism of your hopes and desires for the future adds a special charm and joy to your New Year. Perhaps this ritual will give you a sense of anticipation of new opportunities and inspire future adventures.

New Year's Eve is the perfect time to reflect on what we've learned throughout the year.

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