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Monday, January 3, 2011

Feliz año nuevo!

New Year's Eve is full of traditions and celebrations.  A Spanish-language newspaper published in Miami called El Nuevo Hearld published a wonderful article about different New Year's traditions from around the Spanish-speaking world, including:

  • eat one grape on each stroke of midnight (for a total of 12 grapes in as many seconds!)
  • sweep the house inside and out (to rid it of impurities)
  • burn old clothes and furniture
  • eat lentils (they look like little coins and symbolize prosperity in the new year)
  • wear yellow underwear
Read all about the history and symbolism of these and other traditions on El Nuevo Herald's website.

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