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New Year’s Eve in Peru

By Zoe Smith, United Kingdom, December 2012

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As the clocks strike midnight on December 31st, towns and villages all over Peru come alive with impromptu fireworks displays and lively celebrations. But it’s not all about partying – locals also have a number of quirky traditions for bringing in the New Year.

Purchasing new clothes, especially underwear, for the big day is a popular way to ‘start anew’, but it’s the color that’s most significant – red clothes are said to bring love in the coming year, green symbolizes money and yellow, the most popular choice, brings luck and happiness. That’s not all: running up and down flights of stairs or around the block; scattering rice around the house; taking a bath filled with flowers and throwing 12 coins over your shoulder (one for each month of the upcoming year) are all said to ensure a favorable year to come.

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