If you haven’t noticed, there are a lot of yellow and red underwear displays popping up in some retail clothing stores around town. Don’t worry, it’s not just a Puerto Vallarta underwear fetish, it’s actually a New Year’s Eve tradition in Mexico.
Those who choose to wear red underwear on New Year’s Eve are believed to have luck in love in the coming year, while those who wear yellow are believed to have luck with money in the coming year. But don’t pick out a yellow or red pair of underwear from the drawers; tradition is they must be worn for the first time on New Year’s Eve.
Make sure those underwear are not too tight, because at midnight you are expected to eat 12-grapes, each one for good luck during the next 12-months.
If you still don’t feel like underwear and grapes are going to be enough to bring you a good year, there are still plenty of other traditions.
Throwing a glass of water out towards the street represents the expelling of tears and worries for the next year. While you are throwing your water towards the road, grab a broom on the way out and sweep from your door to the street to drive negative energy away from your house in the new year.
There are always the traditional religious approaches to start off the New Year on the right foot, like attending a New Year’s Eve mass, praying the rosary, and lightening candles.