6 New Year Traditions that are Unique to Mexico

Published on January 2, 2023

Many countries and cultures around the world have their own traditions to bring in positive energy for the new year and Mexico is no exception! Here are 6 fun traditions that many Mexicans ring in the new year with.

Eating 12 Grapes at Midnight

A grape for each chime of the clock at the stroke of midnight is said to bring good luck in the new year.

Lentils for Good Fortune

For Mexicans, eating a spoonful of cooked lentils is meant to bring good fortune in the coming year. Alternatively, a bag of dried lentils is left outside the front door.

Sweeping in (and out) the door

A popular tradition in Mexico, it is common for people to sweep towards the outside of their homes to clear negative energy and experiences of the previous year. By contrast, some people drop 12 coins on the ground outside and sweep them into the home for financial success in the coming year.

Wearing Colorful Underwear

Yes, it’s true! Wearing red underwear on New Year’s eve is meant to bring good fortune in love, while wearing yellow brings happiness and prosperity. So many Mexicans participate in this tradition that retailers stock their stores with the appropriate garments!

Sweet Treats and Breaking Dishes

In some parts of Mexico buñuelos, a crispy fritter drizzled with sweet syrup is served on a traditional ceramic dish. Once the treat has been enjoyed, the next step is to break your connection with the past by breaking the dish on a wall or floor, and begin the new year with a fresh start.


Like many cultures around the world, fireworks displays are also enjoyed. For Mexicans, New Year’s Eve is seen as an occasion meant to be celebrated out of the home with friends, and fireworks in various locations is an option to do just that.