Peruvian New Years Traditions to Ring in 2015
New Years traditions are a great way to greet the coming of the new year. Sometimes traditions come from families, communities, or even cultures. Peru has a number of unique, interesting New Years traditions!
Celebrating the ending of one year and the coming of a new year is always like completing another book in a series. You read late into the night because the ending is terrific and then immediately start the next book because you simply cannot wait to find out what happens. Wait, is that just me?
So many people take time to reflect on what the last year held personally or for your family. And countless others make lists of resolutions that are likely to be quickly broken. I tend to lean towards making goals for the new year to push myself to learn more, do more, see more, and be more. I don’t have lists of things I will restrict myself from. Those never turn out well.
The U.S. has a number of New Years traditions including toasting with champagne, the midnight kiss, watch the “ball drop” and eating black-eyed peas. Once I had moved to Peru, I quickly learned that New Year’s meant everything yellow. But, there are so many more New Years traditions that Peruvians have. Here are just a few:
Instead of the midnight kiss, people get under the dining table and eat 12 grapes, one for each month, at the stroke of midnight. This gives a person one wish for each grape, or 12 wishes total!
People fill their pockets with lentils in hopes for prosperity in the year to come.
Others place money in their shoe to be sure they will have everything they need.
A variety of cocktails are prepared with the hopes of completing desires as well, including drinks for love, health, or luck.
- Grenadine, champagne and a heart shaped strawberry to decorate for love.
- Banana slices, rum, banana liqueur and champagne for luck.
- Triple sec, (clear) cacao liqueur, sugar syrup, and champagne.
- Toast with a glass of champagne that contains a gold ring for prosperity.
People purchase a new pair of underwear with which to celebrate the passing of 2014 into 2015. The color is extremely important and is based on the desire for the new year.
- Yellow = Luck
- Red = Love
- Green = Money
Do Away With 2014
People write down all the negative things that happened during the year. At midnight, they burn the list to be sure those same things don’t happen in the new year.
Others create a “doll” by stuffing their old clothes into a “person.” They don’t plan to wear any of the clothes again because they burn the doll, clothes and all. This gets “rid” of the past and makes way for new things to come. This can be seen happening once it is dark, not necessarily at midnight.
Many ring in the New Year holding onto a gold bag filled with rice, lentils, ginger, coins for a year of prosperity and abundance.
If someone hopes to travel in the coming year, they pack their bags, literally. At the stroke of midnight, you will see folks running around the block with full luggage in hopes this will mean they will travel in the upcoming year.
Do you have any crazy New Years traditions? Will you adopt any of the Peruvian ones this year? I know, yellow underwear is at the top of your shopping list, right?
Whatever you do, be safe and enjoy the coming of 2015 with your loved ones.