And We could say that 2015 it’s already around the corner… And as usual I am anxious about the new beginnings… Every year that goes (maybe for a cultural and a traditional reason) it’s always super important for me. In Ecuador we celebrate the end of the year in a very symbolic way. We practice many rituals in order to clean ourselves to receive the new year, eliminating the negative things that happened during the year that is ending mainly. How do we do this? uffff… I reckon there are hundreds of ways that ecuadorians and few other countries in latin America practice in order to be ready for the special night of December 31st… From the streets you can feel the intensity of every human being, rushing to do the last shopping of clothes (we want to wear brand new clothes that night), goods, food, or to buy a “viejo” (“old year”) effigy to burn, or rushing to get home to prepare their homes, by cleaning it, decorating it, even painting it I’ve heard once, just to have it “new” for the new year which is approaching in the next hours… Our ecuadorian culture is accustomed to practice any single “cabala” to attract the good fortune and happiness. Personally I have my top 5 of rituals that I practice every year in order to achieve success in few aspects I think I wanna improve or accomplish.
1. YELLOW UNDERWEAR!!! THIS IS A MUST FOR ME. Yellow means prosperity and happiness. It’s better if you receive it as a present from someone. I also recommend the red underwear for the ones looking for love and passion. And since I live abroad and not everybody wanna join me in burning an effigy or running with a luggage around the block, this is the one I never miss anywhere I am.
2. EAT 12 GRAPES!!! and make a wish on every grape which symbolize every month of the year. Better 6 red and 6 green, so your wishes come true.
3. WEAR BRAND NEW CLOTHES you really wanna be completely brand new to receive the new year, this is not always a complete thing for me, but for sure not just the underwear has to be brand new, but something of my outfit for sure.
4. RUB A BANK NOTE OF THE BIGGEST AMOUNT and keep making a wish, like if you are rubbing to get a genie in the bottle out of it. Other tradition is putting the note inside your shoes. Or putting the note in your wallet and never spend it during the year.
5. JUMP 7 WAVES IF ON THE BEACH this one is a Brazilian tradition that I learnt while celebrating the new year in Australia back in 2010. You can also jump over your effigy while getting burn, but of course as a lady I have never tried that one, so jumping over 7 waves and making a wish was perfect for me to do. hehehe… (I don’t know why 7, instead of 12) I will find out why…
BYE BYE 2014!!! THANKS FOR THE GOOD AND THE BAD!!! I COULD LEARN FROM IT!