Post # 1
Does anyone have any fun or interesting things they do on NYE?
My friend (from Colombia) told me last year that she wears a new pair of yellow underwear and eats 12 grapes at midnight for good luck. She also grabs a suitcase and walks around the outside of the house which is supposed to ensure lots of travels in the new year.
Post # 3
I have heard of the yellow underwear thing but I have never done it. Maybe this year – I need all the help I can get!
Post # 4
i’ve heard of the yellow underwear and 12 grapes at midnight but haven’t done either.
i have to eat black-eyed peas and cabbage, which fi thinks is crazy.
Post # 5
I think it’s mostly a southern thing, but here we always have black eyed peas and some sort of green, leafy vegetable (usually turnips or collards or cabbage). I forget the signifigance of the b.e. peas, but the greens are supposed to symbolize money for the new year. And my dad’s side of the family does the grapes thing, too. It’s a hispanic tradition, and it’s really hard to eat all twelve grapes in one minute, lol! Never heard of the yellow underwear or the suitcase things though, that’s a new one on me.
I’m anxious to hear what other traditions/superstitions are out there
Post # 6
I’ve never heard of any of these things. We always just kiss someone at the stroke of midnight for good luck and toast with champagne!
Post # 7
@mrs.peters.to.be: Yup! That’s what we do as well. I might have to go look for some yellow undies though, just in case!
Post # 8
I’ve never heard about any of these things – what do they all mean (or what sort of lucky things are they suppose to bring you?)
My only tradition is drinking champagne, and lots of it.
Post # 9
Upon re-reading my post, I feel the need to clarify-the greens and peas are eaten on New Year’s Day, but the grapes are done at midnight, sometimes along with the kissing. So it can get pretty darn funny!
Post # 10
Lol we don’t make a big deal of NYE at all. I always make a nice dinner, we cozy up at home with some movies, watch the ball drop, kiss, and that’s it!
Post # 11
@gabrielleelise1981: Im not really sure what they mean! I know that the grapes is one grape for good luck in each month. I believe black eyed peas are meant for luck as well. No idea about the underwear though!
Post # 12
@Wonderwoman217: Don’t know what the peas mean either but it sounds tasty!
When I was (much) younger my sisters and I would put underwear on our heads at midnight and run around the house. Clean underwear of course…
Post # 13
My FH does the black-eyed peas thing. The first year we dated he forgot to buy some ahead of time and we drove around to 6 grocery stores looking for some. Craziness.
Post # 14
Hahahaha, I was just looking this up in order to plan my dinner for tomorrow night. To go along with the requisite collard greens & black-eyed peas, I’m making cornbread (it signifies gold/wealth in the coming year) & a pork roast (since pigs bury their snouts into the ground, rooting themselves firmly before moving and pushing forward, they symbolize progress; also their rich fat content can signify wealth & prosperity). BTW, this is info I found online, not something I knew off the top of my head, lol.
I also read about a cute tradition of hiding a small amount of money in the yard on New Year’s Eve and then digging it up and bringing it back in the house on New Year’s Day, thus insuring that money will be coming in all year. I’m not superstitious, but this would be a great blessing for us, lol!
Post # 15
When I have been in Mexico for NYE, we had the grapes. Our tradition is black-eyed peas. I’m guessing maybe that’s regional?
Post # 16
I haven’t heard of anything of these things (the yellow underwear and the grapes).
My DH’s family always had pork and sauerkraut on new years day. Suppose to bring good luck for the year. It’s Pennsylvania dutch thing, I hear. That and I think it’s yummy.