Dominican New Year´s Traditions – There are many traditions, myths and superstitions in Dominican culture. Here is a brief list of the most common ones for New Year:
- Getting dressed in yellow, dragging a suitcase, and walking around the block (or the house). In this ritual, wearing yellow indicates good fortune, while the suitcase and the action of making a turn symbolize a trip; in a few words, the desire to travel!
- Eating 7 grapes and making a wish each time.
- Wearing new, unused clothes for the New Year; likewise getting rid of all the ‘old’ and useless that is in the closet = to throw away the Old, so that the New may enter.
- Having fireworks and/or shooting to welcome the New Year.
- Embrace and congratulate the whole family, friends, neighbors, and all loved ones at 12:00 a.m.
- Paint the home and do a deep cleaning; start the New Year fresh and renewed.
NEW YEAR DAWN: It doesn’t matter whether you dance, talk or eat until daybreak – people like to stay up late to see the first sunlight of the coming year. Many make a wish as soon as they see the sun rising, while others initiate the resolutions of the New Year.
¡Feliz y prospero año nuevo!