Learn about the traditions and food in Peru to celebrate the new year.

The New Year is a big celebration all over the world. Peru joins the long list of many countries where people gather hours before midnight to dine and share. 

In today’s article, we will show you some traditions of Peru. 

New Year in Peru

-Eat 12 grapes: Each grape represents a month of the year; they are eaten during the countdown to midnight. 

-Traditional Peruvian cuisine: Many people gather in restaurants to eat classic Peruvian food.

-Yellow underwear: In Peru, yellow means positive energy, luck, and happiness. Wearing yellow underwear backward and then changing it quickly after midnight is considered good luck. 

-Throwing rice around the house: They say that throwing rice around your house will make money flow in your home. Do this before you go out to enjoy your Peruvian cuisine for New Year’s dinner.

-Burning rag dolls: Burning a rag doll at midnight means “out with the old, in with the new.” 

Some typical meals for New year’s eve:

-Apple puree

-Baked piglet

-Stuffed turkey in the oven

-Sweet potato puree

-Rice à la jardinière

-Christmas rice 

-Christmas salad

Peru is the perfect blend of traditions, celebrations, and excellent Peruvian food when it comes to Christmas. If you have the opportunity to experience the holidays with someone local, you are sure to have a great time.

Read about the food that’s part of the Peruvian tradition during New Year’s Eve.

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