When comes New Year’s Eve, the proposal is always the same: get renewed year full of good energy and changes. To do this, a lot of brazilians follow traditions that promise luck, love, money and so on. But do you really know the meaning of them all? If you do not know, See the most common Brazil New Year´seve traditions:
BRAZIL NEW YEAR TRADITIONS 1: Give to Iemanja
Flowers, soaps, candles or any other offering to Yemanja at the turn of the year and all the problems will be brought to the seabed, and returned in the form of waves, resulting in luck for the year to come.
BRAZIL NEW YEAR´S EVE TRADITIONS 2: Pomegranate seeds
Eat pomegranate and keep seven pomegranate seeds with you in your wallet until the next New Year’s Eve if you are seeking money. The number seven is very important, because besides the seven chakras, there´s still seven important days in a week.
BRAZIL NEW YEAR´S EVE TRADITIONS 3: Lentils
Different than many think, lentils do not symbolize money coming, but real wealth. If you aim to have a hearty year and with plenty of food all year, a lentil spoon on New Year’s dinner promises a great year – grapes and hazelnuts are also eaten for the same purpose.
BRAZIL NEW YEAR´S EVE TRADITIONS 4: Jump seven waves
According to the Greeks, the sea has a spiritual power and can renew our energies, and this is the Africans who were brought up in Brazil along with the tradition of jumping the waves. Why seven? It is a spiritual number and when jumping the waves, you invoke Iemanja, which gives strength to get over the difficulties of the year to come.
BRAZIL NEW YEAR´S EVE TRADITIONS 5: White clothes
The tradition of wearing white clothes on New Year’s Eve came from African tribes, who wore white costumes – which means peace and spiritual purification – to honor Iemanja at the turn of the year.
BRAZIL NEW YEAR´S EVE TRADITIONS 6: Sparkling Wine
In the Christian religions, wine is considered wisdom and life. And because they are made with grapes, it is believed to bring luck and prosperity for the new year. It is important to remember to always consume in crystal goblets, because it purifies the spiritual energies.
BRAZIL NEW YEAR´S EVE TRADITIONS 7: Avoid consumption of poultry
The superstitious believe that on New Year’s night, you should not eat chickens. Bet on pork or fish that is always moving forward, and believe that it brings prosperity.
BRAZIL NEW YEAR´S EVE TRADITIONS 8: Dried or candied fruit
Fig, peach, plum, apricot and apple, for example, means luck and wealth for the coming year.
Well, this is some interesting beliefs that we can not trust but at least experience some of them. We are sure, anyway that 2016 will be fantastic.