And finally, here is one that is not for the faint of heart.
According to Alex Alvarez of ABC News, in some places in Latin America, including Chile, some folks like to ring in the New Year with their deceased loved ones.
Now in my mid-thirties and with a family of my own that includes a newborn, my wife and I are struggling to make it past 10PM on most nights. But even if we were able to make it past midnight this year, truth be told, I’m not superstitious so I’m not committed to any of these. And yet there are elements of these traditions that I would like to incorporate with my own family in the years to come.
For one, New Year’s Eve was sacred for my family. It wasn’t a time of revelry and wild parties. It was almost a solemn occasion to reflect on the past year and look to the New Year with optimism and hope. This was especially true when I think about the grape eating tradition of my family.
I have come to realize that if I want my kids to have pride in their Mexican and Latin American heritage, then the holidays are a perfect way to incorporate some of my family’s traditions.
What are you doing for New Year’s Eve? And did your family have some of these traditions growing up?