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New Year’s Traditions

Published: 2012.07.06 - 21:28:56   /  web@renciclopedia.icrt.cu  /  Ana Elizabeth Rodríguez
  

New Year´s TraditionsEvery December 31st, people around the world celebrate the New Year amidst hope and tradition. In many cases it is almost impossible to determine when a given tradition got started.

Here are some of the rituals Cubans go through on December 31st:

-People wishing for a prosperous year and lots of money, put some money in their shoes and wear them throughout the day.

-Those who have had a bad year, throw a bucket of water out of the front door, to “wash away” all the bad influences.

-Those who wish to travel take an old empty suitcase and walk around the block twice.

-Some never forget to eat a dozen grapes, one by one, as the bells of the nearest church toll 12 times at midnight.

-Those who wish for fashionable new cloths only need to put on their underwear inside out.

-Others attach meaning to the color of candles: blue for peace, yellow for abundance, red for passion, green for health, white ones for clarity, and orange for intelligence.

-And those whishing to get married: they sit down and stand up 12 consecutive times as the bells toll on midnight. (By: Juan Blas Rodríguez)

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