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Your New Year’s Survival Guide

BY Daniela Cabrera | PUBLISHED: Friday, December 14th, 2012
Your New Year’s Survival Guide

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GOOD LUCK CHECKLIST | RESOLUTION ADVICE

Good Luck Checklist

Let me preface this by saying all of these good luck charms for 2013 could be hugely hypothetical, if our Mayan ancestors and their calendar are indeed correct. I’m sure you’ve all heard by now that December 21st, 2012 marks the end of the 13th “b’ak’tun”, or era, and the only logical result of this fact is that it’s EL FIN DEL MUNDO. Okay well, we have every reason to believe that instead of a massive black hole swallowing us up, or a rogue planet knocking Earth into the Sun, this “end of an era” will most likely mean that we will live to see the next day, albeit with a new “consciousness.” (or lack of, with a HUGE hangover.)

Because i’m an optimist and think myself a logical human being, I choose to believe that our planet will not be pulverized,and the next step to normality will be celebrating New Year’s Eve just like me and my kooky Latino family have done so every whacky year before . You know we’re fans of superstition, tales and traditions, and I’m just saying, if January 1st, 2013 actually does arrive, we’re gonna need all the suerte we can get to ensure this year is the best one yet. I mean, we’ve survived an imminent apocalypse. This is our SECOND CHANCE, y’all! Let’s make it good!

12 Grapes at Midnight

Starting as a tradition in the early 1900’s in Spain, history has it that grape harvesters in the region during New Years needed to get rid of a particularly abundant crop, and offered them to the people in the region. The tradition has since spread to many of Spain’s former colonies including Cuba, Venezuela, Mexico , Ecuador and Peru and essentially, at the stroke of midnight you should eat one grape for good luck, signifying the 12 months of the year. Also, make sure you pick a good bunch ‘cause if you get a sour one, that’s a sign of having a rough month.

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Yellow/Red underwear

This is not a normal night so you better step up your underwear game for New Years Eve. The color of your calzoncillos has serious implications for your future! Traditionally, yellow underwear is worn to guarantee continued happiness and good luck, of course. Many people opt for something a little more risque, choosing to wear red underwear to ensure finding more love and passion for the upcoming year. (Where for art thou, Ryan Lochte?)

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Suitcase for Travel

This is probably my favorite good luck charm because i’m constantly suffering from wanderlust and dream of nothing but travelling. So if you’re anything like me, you need to grab a suitcase/luggage and walk around the block (or down the stairs) to ensure that the next year will be full of journeys. I’ve been thinking twice about doing this on my New Year’s Eve in Brooklyn this year, but then I realized that walking around the block with an empty suitcase is probably the least strangest thing anyone will see that night. I want to see the world and you can’t stop me!

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Año Viejos

Ecuador, Paraguay and Colombia create life-like effigies called Año Viejos, which they tie up with fireworks and burn in the streets at midnight. The dolls are usually life size and made of rags, often representing politicians or celebrities that they wish to get rid, literally. Doing this represents burning the bad luck of the previous year, to allow positive vibes for next year.

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Cash in your hand

If you weren’t one of the 2 winners of the Power Ball this year, it’s safe to say you don’t have a $255 million check coming in the mail any time soon. Well, I can be wrong, but if you’re like the rest of us, any luck in the finance department is highly welcome. As far as I can remember, my aunt would scramble around the room and give anyone who was empty handed a dollar bill to hold in their hand as the clock struck 12. Tradition says the higher value of the bill, the more money Lady Luck should be delivering for you in 2013.

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Water

For many countries, water (and ridding of it) continues to be a huge factor for your good luck. Brazilians have a tradition of jumping into the ocean 7 times and throwing flowers to the sea to have a prosperous year ahead. Even if you’re not near an ocean, you can take a dip into a pool to ensure you wash those bad luck demons away. In Puerto Rico and Cuba specifically, its believed that throwing buckets of water out of the window cleans out the old year. Please make sure your neighbor isn’t walking by.

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Lentejas

I used to hate these growing up. But one year I came to my senses and became a fan, and thank goodness for that. As tradition says, it’s considered very lucky if you eat lentils at any time during New Years Eve. There’s also some that say you should have them in your pocket for more prosperity. Doesn’t hurt to try them all, right? Throw some lentejas in your yellow underwear for extra measure.

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