12 New Year's Eve Traditions in Latin America

Updated: Dec 29, 2020


FInd here the most interesting traditions and rituals that are done in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean during New Year's Eve.

In Latin America, there are some unique traditions or rituals that are done time before or after twelve o'clock at night to ring in the new year.


Below are the most interesting traditions and rituals that are done in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean.


1. Eating 12 grapes.


When the clock strikes twelve o'clock, people make sure to eat 12 grapes, each one for good luck in each month of the new year.


2. Wear yellow or pink Underwear.


In many countries in South American, the underwear people wear on New Year's Eve has a big impact on your year ahead. Yellow or pink underwear, for example, is thought to bring good luck or fortune in the new year.


3. Walking outside of the house with a suitcase.


Looking to travel? Many people think that walking with a suitcase, either around your home or around the block, will bring opportunities to travel in the new year. This ritual is very common in Venezuela and Colombia.


4. Burning doll.


Burning dolls (muñecos)depict all the bad of the year and burning it represents getting rid of these bad experiences. The muñecos are displayed after Christmas and then burned in a bonfire. This ritual is common in Panama and Ecuador.