Question: What do a suitcase, 12 grapes, a sheaf of wheat, the colour yellow, three potatoes and a stuffed dummy all have in frequent? Right! They every characterize a customized for bringing in the New Year. But have you learnt these customs and the way they’re celebrated?
Get That Suitcase Out
Many South Americans imagine that if you happen to carry an empty suitcase round the block on New Year’s Day you can be lucky to journey throughout the course of the year. When my aged neighbor sauntered out of her entrance gate in Cali, Colombia with a beat-up valise she’d dusted off for the event, she dismissed my queries brusquely.
“Don’t bother me now! I’m leaving!”
Minutes later, her “tour” full, she confided her needs to “see the states” this year.
According to her, a voyage this year was now, “in the bag”.
Around the center of December you start to note a disproportionately massive variety of fruit and vegetable avenue distributors beginning to promote grapes. Grapes are in all places by Christmas. Green grapes, purple grapes, combined grapes – they roll down the avenue and squish beneath your careless toes as you stroll market areas and buying districts. Eating 12 grapes at or close to midnight of New Year’s Eve will convey you good luck all through the New Year. Green grapes are most popular by the majority, however any will suffice I used to be instructed by Anna Lucia who walked into the room with a bag of combined grapes ample sufficient to supply a case of “vino”.
“You’re not planning to eat all those, are you?” I chided.
“No, they’re not just for me. They’re for my family too.”
I remembered that she and her husband have 5 youngsters. Add in the prolonged household and effectively, sufficient stated. Haven’t had your twelve but? Hurry up, there’s nonetheless time.
A Bundled Sheaf of Wheat
A black youth stood on a downtown Pasto, Colombia nook hovering over a five-gallon bucket stuffed with bundled sheaves of wheat. Each was wrapped with a brightly coloured ribbon or two. Some had been enhanced even additional with a flower or small bouquet. People up and down the streets walked with a similar-looking sheaf held upright out in entrance of them like a siren in entrance of a hearth engine. Crossing the Zocalo, or predominant sq. downtown, a younger woman sitting on a park bench waved her sheaf at us like a magic wand.
“That’s a new one on me”, I stated to my companion when she defined.
“If you hang a bundled sheaf of wheat in your home it’s very good luck.”
She continued, “It has twelve stalks of wheat in each bundle”.
“How much for one?” I requested the youth.
We rapidly bargained to a lower cost.
“Are you sure there’re twelve in here?” I questioned, not eager to get short-changed.
“Oh yeah. Go ahead and count them.”
When my accomplice responded, “No there’re only eleven.”
He rapidly snapped again, “No way! Count them again.”
We did and there have been twelve. This New Year’s luck factor is severe enterprise. The flowered sheaf stands guard now on the bookcase over my desk. Wish me luck, okay?
The Color Yellow
Not all thoughts you, however fairly just a few Latinos in Colombia and Ecuador use the colour yellow for the New Year. There are a variety of methods to do it. You can paint a room yellow. Place one thing yellow in the room. Wear a yellow merchandise of clothes and you may bathe your self with fortune for the New Year. For causes which as but elude me, a favourite is to put on yellow underwear. (The most popular colour in Mexico is crimson.) Both women and men have a pair or two readily available for the event – or so I have been repeatedly instructed. Okay, okay, I am going to fess up; I’ve a few pairs of yellow underwear myself. So name me fickle. I’ve crimson ones too. Do I put on a pair for New Year’s? I am going to by no means inform!
Be positive to learn “How to Use Three Potatoes and a Stuffed Dummy for Bringing in the New Year” for extra uncommon Latin American New Year’s customs. It’s on-line at: http://bettereflteacher.blogspot.com/
Happy New Year! … and get that suitcase out!