Just as in the rest of the world, at Rancho Las Cascadas we gather together with our loved ones, relatives and friends to welcome the New Year. We will start our celebration with a 10-course dinner on December 31st. While sipping Kir Royale or enjoying Mexican tuna steak, the guests will be able to reflect on the year they are leaving behind and create resolutions for the year to come.
Photo 1: Eating the 12 “Miraculous Grapes” at midnight will bring a year of prosperity. Each grape you eat you make a wish…
Photo 2: Let’s dance to Mexican Music.
Photo 3: A lot of work goes into serving a 10-course dinner for all of the guests on New Year’s Eve.
After dinner, a rondalla band will entertain the guests and prepare the crowd for the countdown to midnight. As the clock strikes twelve, guests will be encouraged to eat 12 grapes – one with each strike – while making 12 wishes. In this old Spanish tradition, the “miraculous grapes” symbolize the twelve lucky months ahead and welcome a year of prosperity. Fireworks will follow with more music, dancing, and plenty of champagne until the wee hours of the morning.
Mexican Traditions For New Year’s Eve
- Ring a bell loudly at midnight to symbolize joy and happiness.
- Wear different colored underwear to attract love and passion (red) or happiness and wealth (yellow).
- Walk around your pueblo’s square with a suitcase if you want to travel. The farther you walk, the farther you will travel.
- Thoroughly clean the house, sweeping toward the outside of the home to drive out everything bad from the previous year.
- Spread lentils around the door to signify abundance.
- Eat dinner after midnight (dinner usually includes tamales). Before serving, though, everyone around the table says a little something to start the new year in a positive way. For example: “I forgive you.” or “I love you.” or “Thank you for being in my life.”