1. Travel
Send to a Friend via Email
You can opt-out at any time. Please refer to our privacy policy for contact information.

New Year's Eve in Mexico

Ring in the New Year the Mexican Way

By

Happy New Year!

Feliz año nuevo!

Photo courtesy of Stock.xchng

Most Mexicans celebrate New Year's Eve by having a late-night dinner with their families. Those who want to party generally go out afterwards. If you're in Mexico, you can still enjoy festivities in the street. In Mexico City there is a huge street festival on New Year's Eve, celebrations center around the Zocalo

You can expect a lot of firecrackers, fireworks and sparklers. At midnight there is a lot of noise and everyone shouts: "Feliz año nuevo!" People embrace and make noise and set off firecrackers.

Some Mexican New Years customs:

Eat twelve grapes as the clock strokes midnight on the 31st, as you eat each grape make a wish for the new year.

Want to have good luck in love in the coming year? Wear red underwear on New Year's Eve. For good luck with money, wear yellow.

Hoping to travel in the New Year? Get out your luggage and take it for a walk around the block.

Traditional foods to eat on New Year's Eve:

Bacalao, dried salted codfish, is a New Year's staple in Mexico. Toasts are made with sparkling cider, and a hot fruit punch known as ponche is also popular, in fact, most of the traditional Mexican Christmas foods are also good choices for New Year's Eve. Lentils are also eaten as they are thought to bring abundance and prosperity for the coming year.

New Year's Day:

January 1 is a national holiday. Banks, government offices and some stores are closed. This is usually a quiet day, as folks recuperate from the partying of the previous night. Archaeological sites, museums and other tourist attractions are open.

More celebrations in January:

The celebrations aren't over yet! January 6 is Kings Day, when Mexican children receive gifts brought by the three kings (the Magi). Read more about festivals and events in Mexico in January.

Also read: Travel to Mexico for the Holidays

¡Feliz Año Nuevo!

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.