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¡Feliz Año Nuevo!

Submitted by on December 31, 2010 – 4:27 am6 Comments

My non-Hispanic friends dress up and go to parties on New Year’s Eve.

They make lovely adult conversation and a few minutes before midnight they turn the TV on and watch the ball drop in Times Square in New York. They yell “Happy New Year!” in unison and air kiss each other.

It’s all very sweet and civilized.

We Cubans turn up the Crazy Dial and take New Year’s Superstitions Traditions to another level.

Our friend, Christina F. Gomez-Pina of the inspiring La Cocina de Christina (who also happens to be Cuban, but that’s not important right now) was gracious enough to collect some of these Midnight Must-do’s for us to share.

Carrie, Christina, & Marta. Palacio de Los Jugos, Miami.

  1. Read Walter Mercado’s predictions in El Nuevo Herald and do what he says for your sign.  Color, flower, scent, etc.  Just do it.
  2. Eat 12 grapes, one for each month of the year.
  3. Drink a glass of champagne (or cidra) as you toast the new year.
  4. Throw a cazuela of water out the front door – bye bye old year.
  5. Grab the following items and head out the front door:
  6. a) Suitcase: Get your suitcase and walk around the block – for travel in the new year. b) An egg: Throw an egg over your right shoulder in an intersection – for good luck.
  7. Bells: Ring the bell as you walk around the block to ring in the new year.
  8. Have someone give you 3 garbanzo beans to keep in your wallet all year – for more money in the new year.
  9. I (Marta) have heard that you should wear different color underwear – yellow for fortune, red for love.
  10. Mop the house and save the dirty water to throw out at midnight. (Throwing out any bad juju with it – see item #4.)

Marta's gringo husband throwing water out the front door, Cuban-style.

Here are some more suggestions from our readers:

No matter what you do when the clock strikes twelve, we hope you will be busy celebrating and ringing in 2011 with those you love best.

But maybe you really should consider the red underwear….por si las moscas.

Happy New Year!

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