New Year's Eve in Mexico

Ring in the New Year the Mexican Way

Fireworks in Los Cabos
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If you're planning to ring in the new year in Mexico, there are many options for things to do. In tourist areas, many hotels and resorts offer special festivities. In other towns that are less touristy, you will also find restaurants offering special New Year's Eve suppers. You can partake in one of these options, or just head to the town square to enjoy the festivities in the street.

Most Mexicans celebrate New Year's Eve by having a late-night dinner with their families.

Those who want to party generally go out afterward. In Mexico City there is a huge street festival on New Year's Eve, celebrations center around the Zocalo

You can expect a lot of firecrackers, fireworks, and sparklers. At midnight, there is a lot of noise and everyone shouts: "Feliz año nuevo!" People embrace and make noise and set off firecrackers.

Some Mexican New Years customs

Eat twelve grapes as the clock strikes midnight on the 31st, as you eat each grape make a wish for the new year.

Want to have good luck in love in the coming year? Wear red underwear on New Year's Eve. For good luck with money, wear yellow.

Hoping to travel in the New Year? Get out your luggage and take it for a walk around the block.

Traditional foods to eat on New Year's Eve

Bacalao, dried salted codfish, is a New Year's staple in Mexico. Toasts are made with sparkling cider, and a hot fruit punch known as ponche is also popular, in fact, most of the traditional Mexican Christmas foods are also good choices for New Year's Eve.

Lentils are also eaten as they are thought to bring abundance and prosperity for the coming year.

New Year's Day

January 1 is a national holiday. Banks, government offices, and some stores are closed. This is usually a quiet day, as folks recuperate from the partying of the previous night. Archaeological sites, museums, and other tourist attractions are open.

More celebrations in January

The celebrations aren't over yet! January 6 is Kings Day when Mexican children receive gifts brought by the three Kings (the Magi). Read more about festivals and events in Mexico in January.

¡Feliz Año Nuevo!