What is New Year’s Eve (and Its Meaning)

New Year’s Eve, also spelled New Year’s Eve, it’s the last night of the year and new year’s eve.

It is celebrated on the night of December 31which is the last day of the year according to the Gregorian calendar, the current calendar that replaced the Julian calendar in 1582.

New Year’s Eve is a celebration that is celebrated practically all over the world, and that starts from the night of New Year’s Eve until the early hours of January 1st.

It is a tradition to celebrate New Year’s Eve with a family dinner, tasting the traditional dishes of each country or region, to await the arrival of the new year, which is generally received by counting down in the last ten seconds and with the cry of “happy New Year!”.

Generally, once the new year has entered, there is champagne, the ritual of eating the twelve grapes is performed, and then there are those who launch fireworks, play with pyrotechnics, or simply prefer to go out to a disco to dance.

Many are the rituals that are carried out on this date with the superstition that they are beneficial so that the coming year is favorable to us in all aspects. Thus, there are those who wear red clothes to attract love, or yellow clothes to attract good luck and prosperity in finances.

There are also those who go out with suitcases in the belief that this act will help them travel during the year that opens. Likewise, it is said that having money with you at the time of the turn of the year attracts abundance.

In English, New Year’s Eve can be translated as New Year’s Eve. For example: “Do you plan to stand in the cold with one million revelers in Times Square on New Year’s Eve?” (Planning to be out in the cold with a million revelers in Times Square on New Year’s Eve?)

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Burning of the old year on New Year’s Eve

The burning of the old year is one of the most deeply rooted traditions in Latin America related to New Year’s Eve. It consists of setting fire to a doll or puppet made with old clothes, cardboard, paper or other types of fillings that burn quickly, such as straw or sawdust. This puppet represents the year that is leaving, so that with its burning the year that we say goodbye to welcome the new year is purified.

The twelve grapes on New Year’s Eve

The tradition of eating twelve grapes to receive the new year originates in Spain and is widespread in practically all of Latin America. It consists of eating twelve grapes at midnight, one for each chime, or one for each month of the new year. A wish is also made with each grape related to things we intend to achieve for the new cycle.