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We made it! Another year has passed and now we are starting from zero with new goals for 2017. If you are spending New Year in the Caribbean or anywhere in Mexico, we have some tips for you to blend in at every NYE party. There are many traditions in Mexico but we love to share the favorite ones that make the end of the year worth celebrating.

Traditional Meals

Chicken dinner

Stuffed turkey is one of the favorite New Years and Christmas meals but then there are other options like pork leg or the delicious stuffed chicken with pineapple and bacon on the top. And no worries, you have green light to try any of these meals since they have no spicy sauce added. For dessert Mexicans do prefer something simple but rich in culture like “ponche”, which is a beverage served warm that contains a lot of nutrients, may or may not have alcohol. You can chop different fruits, add water and sugar and let it to boil with cinammon. Flan (vanilla pudding with caramel) and Ensalada Navideña (Christmas salad) with chopped fruits, sour and sweet cream, walnuts and raisins.

Good Luck Rituals

newspaper old year

  • 12 Grapes:  You eat them during the 12 chimes. Each grape simbolizes a month of the year and you have to make a wish then eat the grape.
  • Improve Your Traveling: This is actually super fun and your family can help. You grab an empty suitcase and walk out of the house, as you leave the house you wave goodbye to your family and they have to wave back, go around the block and come back. This will improve your traveling for the new year.
  • Love And Money: Underwear is very important for the New Years Eve celebration. First of all it has to be new, the color depends on what you need to accomplish for next year. Red color is represents love and friendship, yellow color represent money and success. Under any circumstances we recommend to wear black underwear, just in case.
  • Burn The Bad Year Down: The craziest for the last. This ritual is well known on the north side of the country and is extremely fun. One week vefore the year ends, the entire family start building the “viejito” or old year doll out of newspaper and old clothes. Once it´s finished, it has to be filled with firecrackers and sparklers throughout the body. Families usually seat the “viejito” on the sidewalk, someone light it and then the entire family watch it burn down. The belief says it is good to burn all the bad things that happened during the year that finalizes.

The 12 Chimes

Ponche mexicano

Mexicans in general have the belief that no matter how your year finalized, whatever you do during the last minutes of it will define your next one. We usually prepare ourselves 15 minutes before the 12 chimes with a glass of sparkling drink in one hand and the 12 grapes in the other. As the 12 chimes start we shall Happy New Year! then we proceed with the wishes and grapes. After that we start hugging and kissing everybody. This might take a while (Mexican families are numerous). Just remember to stand close to the person you want to hug and kiss the first.

We are extremely greatful for being part of your 2016, for giving us the opportunity to work for you in any way. LocoGringo success is measured by happy smiles from travelers, so let´s toast to a 2017 full of them.  Happy New Year dear reader!!

Paulina is a crazy animal lover who has been living in the Riviera Maya for over 9 years. Her expertise is designing unique vacations for travelers and visitors. This comes from her desire to share her area knowledge, local restaurant secrets, and cool cultural experiences that have been a large part of her life on the coast. Paulina never sits still on her day off as she feels there is always something to see, a new beach to check out or a new restaurant to try. She loves answering questions and helping you plan your next vacation. [email protected]

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