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New Year’s Celebrations In Costa Rica

Home Or Head To The Beach?

Costa Rica New YearsWith Christmas just a memory, Costa Ricans are now planning New Year’s Eve. The big question is what are the options available to ring in the New Year. Costa Rica has its own traditions and for those experiencing the cold, wind and even snow, why not head to Costa Rica and ring in the New Year on the beach!

Thinking of a New Year’s resolution? Why not do it in Costa Rica. As many count down to the midnight hour to ring in the next year, there are some interesting traditions that have been passed down through the Costa Rican generations.

As most New Year revellers seek out a venue or party spot to celebrate the ringing in of another year, Costa Ricans prepare their homes for a new year. Most natives of Costa Rica can be found celebrating at home with their family and close friends. Homemakers will sweep out their entire house on December 31. The event marks the removal of any evils from the past year, creating a fresh start to the New Year. Many will also throw a pan of water over their shoulder, again symbolizing a new start to a new year.

Wearing Yellow and Red Good Luck

Costa Ricans also believe that the color yellow will bring good luck. Many wear a item of this color as they prepare for the evenings festivities. Costa Rican women also wear red underwear on New Year’s Eve, symbolizing meeting a new partner or spouse within the next year. There is nothing like attracting someone with some sexy new red undies…. but will it last or lead to a meaningful relationship? The upcoming year will tell!

Wearing specific colors isn’t all that Costa Ricans do to ring in the New Year. In many Latin American countries including Costa Rica, 12 grapes are eaten at midnight in the hopes of receiving 12 wishes for the new year.  So grapes packed, underwear on and a fresh dose of yellow, Costa Ricans also head to the beach to bring in the New Year.

Hot spots for celebrations on the beach in Costa Rica include Puntarenas, Mal Pais, Tamarindo, Jaco and the Guanacaste region. The festival at Zapote is also a great spot to ring in the New Year. Many bars will also be in full party mode with special drinks, food and music to ring in the New Year. As midnight strikes, Costa Ricans will also break out into song, the “Ano Viejo” is equivalent to Auld Lang Syne, a reflection of the last year. The night will be capped off with fireworks.

Costa Rica is a country that enjoys celebrations. Food, music and dance all play an important role in Costa Rican culture. To experience something different plan your Costa Rica vacation today. It’s not too late to ring in 2012 in Costa Rica!

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About the Author: Tee is Senior Editor of CostaRicaCLOSEUP.com and NBC's adventure dating series fans magazine LoveInTheWildFansMag.com, as well ascontributing editor to QRCodesUSA.org

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  1. Costa Rica knows how to celebrate New Year, for sure.
    Pura Vida!
    @TACARegional

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