Latino New Year Rituals and Traditions

Most Latinos will tell you that the best thing about the holidays is the food, but the older relatives will tell you that the best thing is trying to keep the traditions alive. Latinos have tons of traditions and rituals they do over the holidays, especially to say goodbye to the old year and welcome the New Year.

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Perez Hilton posted a photo days after Christmas on how he doesn’t believe in giving his children all their presents on Christmas day. Instead he gives them one toy a week, so that he can understand the concept of consequences and hard work.

Santa brought more gifts today!!! But, I don't believe in giving them a ton at once. So I'm shipping almost all back to NYC and will resume with my ritual of giving him one toy a week. And as he gets older he can understand the concept of consequences and hard work. If he misbehaves, no toy! And if he does something extra awesome or well in school, he can get two toys that week! #LoveAndDiscipline

A photo posted by Perez Hilton (@theperezhilton) on Dec 26, 2015 at 4:26pm PST

It really varies from home to home and there are many fun traditions that have been passed on from generation to generation. Some swear by these, but others doubt their effect, but still do them because their mothers tell them to!

Grapes: Various Latin American countries from Cuba to Mexico eat 12 grapes for each month of the year and one for good luck. You eat the 12 grapes and make a wish every time you eat one.