Thursday, December 29, 2011

Cancun New Year's Eve

Why is that gringa taking pictures of underwear?

New Year's Eve, always a day filled with high expectations of big celebrations and the promise of a fresh start in a new year. Everyone and every place has their own traditions and the rituals in Mexico offer up some unique fun!

The Foundations. Choosing underwear colour is of prime importance. Since the beginning of December the stores have been filled with displays of red and yellow "chones" (though why the bras are all "B" cup I will never understand). Looking for passionate love? Red is for you. Looking for prosperity and success in money? Yellow panties will help fill your wallet.  

Clean start. Begin the new year preparing your space for new things, clean your house from the inside out, sweeping the old out the front door. Burn incense close to midnight as a cleansing ritual. At the toll of midnight, open the door and symbolically sweep out the old and throw a bucket of water out the window. Throw twelve coins and sweep them inside to bring money in the coming year. (note, the cleaning part is my least favourite aspect of the Mexican new year traditions but I do like the pretty incense!)

Get outta town. If you are looking to travel in the new year, take your suitcases out for a walk around the house or around the block. The further you walk, the longer your trip will be. For couch potatoes (or those who have had too much champagne to be trusted in the streets), simply place your suitcases in the middle of the room and walk around them a few times. 

Demons be gone! Fireworks (and gunfire) are said to frighten off evil spirits and demons. Midnight brings the CRACK BANG and lit up skies of "cohetes" and "bombas" followed by the smell of the acrid smoke. I'm feeling pretty confident that my neighbourhood will have a Demon-Free 2012, the fireworks have been going off nightly since the celebration of the Virgin of Guadalupe on December 12th.

A mouthful of wishes. With a glass of champagne in your right hand, stand on your left foot and at each chime of the clock at midnight, eat a grape and make a wish. When you are finished choking down the 12 grapes (I highly recommend seedless), drink the champagne and put your foot down, starting the year off "on the right foot". (I have never managed to complete this feat without laughing so hard I spit half-chewed grapes all over my friends. I think this year I'll stick to the more Canadian tradition of kissing the man I love.)

These are just a few of the quirky traditions you'll find in Mexico to celebrate the new year. However you celebrate, I wish you all the best for 2012, may it be a year full of love, light, happiness and adventure!

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Steve Cotton said...

I went into the Salem Macy's to take a photograph of the Christmas display -- and was told no photography is allowed. Same with the local Costco.

KfromMichigan said...

Wishing you all the best in the new year. Love, luck, happiness and health to you and Max (oh .. and the new love of your life).

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh, I know!! The B cups!!! WHY??? Most Mexican women I know are considerably larger or smaller.

I'll be wearing my yellow undies this year :)

drgeo said...

Will the yellow underwear work their same magic if they started off as white? Can't wait to see photo of Prince Charming at midnight.

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