Happy New Year!

On New Year’s Eve, at the stroke of midnight, we Cubans are BUSY.


When the clock strikes 12 we:

  1. Quickly eat 12 grapes – one for each month of the past year.
  2. Wash these down with sparkling cider to celebrate the end of the old year.
  3. (Mop the floors earlier in the day and…) Throw the bucket of dirty water out the front door to symbolize getting rid of all the bad juju from the past year.
  4. Put a suitcase outside the front door if we are hoping to travel in the new year.
  5. Put some money in the mailbox to attract more money and prosperity.

As you can see, I’m ready with all my Cuban superstitions traditions for the New Year.

And yes, I’ll be wearing my red underwear for luck because I’m not taking any chances. (That was a total over-share, wasn’t it?)

Happy New Year from the TikiTiki!

Do you have any fun New Year traditions that you’d like to share? Please tell me.

Share, por favor!

By Marta on December 30, 2009 · Posted in the habla habla

5 Comments | Post Comment

Liz says:

Y los Chonies? Why aren’t they in the pic?? LOL!!!!

Posted on December 30th, 2009

Evi says:

Hrm I thought you were supposed to wear new yellow underwear on new years….

Posted on December 30th, 2009

A Decade in Review | Bilingual In The Boonies says:

[...] Happy 2010! Now, go mop your house! [...]

Posted on December 31st, 2009

Tammy says:

Oh how funny!

Posted on January 3rd, 2010

Melanie says:

That is so fabulous. I have NO New Year’s superstitions and I’m jealous. I’m getting some for next year. If I may borrow…I will put the suitcase outside my door, the money in the mailbox and the mop water, well if you’ve seen my house with four kids running through it, that water is DIRTY! Hopefully that brings even more luck!And the red underwear…well, that sounds fun for every day of the year, lol.

Posted on January 7th, 2010