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8 BRAZIL NEW YEAR´S EVE TRADITIONS AND MEANINGS

BRAZIL NEW YEAR´S EVE TRADITIONS - How to celebrate it

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.

2016 new year´s eve in Brazil - Give to Iemanja

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.

2016 new year´s eve in Brazil - Pomegranate seeds

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.

2016 new year´s eve in Brazil - lentils seeds

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.

2016 new year´s eve in Brazil - How to celebrate it

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.

2016 new year´s eve in Brazil - White clothes

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.

2016 new year´s eve in Brazil - Sparkling wine

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.

2016 new year´s eve in Brazil - Poultry

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.

2016 new year´s eve in Brazil - Dried or candied fruit

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.

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!

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