New Year Traditions and Customs

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New Year Traditions from around the world, and tips on removing negative energy and decluttering.

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Our New Year traditions include eating grapes, lentils, black-eyed peas, wearing polka dots, colored underwear. Throw coins, grab luggage, and drink champagne. Plus decluttering and cleaning to remove negative energy.

Continue reading about how people celebrate New Year around the world and share with us how you celebrate it too!

One of our New Year traditions is eating grapes!

Eating grapes is one of our New Year traditions and a Spaniard New Year custom

Many of us have learned different new year customs throughout the years. I grew up embracing one of the Spaniard tradition of eating the twelve grapes. This tradition symbolizes the resolutions for the 12 months of the year ahead. We eat the twelve grapes one by one at midnight—each with every ring of the bell.

The tradition to eat the twelve grapes comes from Spain and has remained despite the years. However, there are other new year customs practiced around the world and ways to remove negative energy.

Burning sage helps cleaning the home and remove negative energy. Lighting up candles helps bringing the light inside the home.

New Year Traditions Beyond the Twelve Grapes.

Give hugs and kisses as those represent love. Hug and kiss your partner to make sure the year will be full of romance. We think this is a nice new year tradition that you can start today.

Throw water outside the main door in your home. The water symbolizes the tears and suffering of the year passing.

Or throw a glass of water from inside your home to the street. This action will water away from your sorrows for the year.

For economic welfare, place a coin inside your shoe or a bill inside your wallet and keep it there the whole year. This new year tradition is a must in our home.

Eat a spoonful of lentils at midnight or put some lentil seeds in your wallet. This will help with abundance and will bring economic prosperity. This is a yummy new year tradition to adopt.

Cleaning the house and burning sage removes the bad energy and attracts better things. On December 31st deep clean, donate, or throw away what you no longer use. Lit candles to bring the light inside your home.

Drink sparkling wine or champagne, the bubbles represent the happiness that you’ll have all year.

Other New year traditions and customs from around the world.

New years customs from around the world include painting the front door in a red color, throwing coins, and wearing polka dots

In Mexico, we end the year carrying empty suitcases around the block. Giving us hope of traveling consistently during the upcoming year.

In Panama, the tradition is burning “muñecos” with images of politicians and personalities to represent the year that is ending and guard off evil spirits.

In the Philippines, their new year traditions include tossing coins to pans to symbolize prosperity in the coming year. They like wearing polka dot dresses as the circles are a sacred symbol.

In Greece, families hang an onion in the door as a symbol of the new year’s rebirth.

In South America, the tradition includes wearing specific color underwear. They believe the new underwear will bring love and money. In Ecuador and Bolivia, many wear red for love and yellow for prosperity. In Argentina, the custom is to wear pink underwear for love.

In China, some families paint their front door red to symbolize happiness.

In Turkey, the new year tradition is to sprinkle salt on the doorstep to bring peace and prosperity.

In Brazil, people wear white and throw white flowers into the ocean. This is their offering to Yemaya, the Yorùbá Orisha, or Goddess of the living Ocean. By doing this, Brazilians believe the Goddess will grant their wishes in the new year.

And in the United States, eating black-eyed peas is a tradition for attracting wealth as many think those symbolize coins.

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Tips on How to Remove Negative Energy and Create a Better Living Space part of our New Year Traditions.

Sometimes we do not realize that our living space could be contributing to our mood and create bad energy that we don’t need.

Through the years, I have learned that cleaning the home and making some adjustments is the best way to push that restart button. Cleaning and meditation have become new year’s traditions for us in our family.

Creating a good atmosphere and being in peace with ourselves is key to our success and to achieve the goals we have set for the new year to come.

Below we are providing a few tips and tricks on how to remove negative energy in your home. A few simple steps create a better living space and receive the new year energized and full of light. We are sure some of this will become a new year tradition too.

Essential oils help to remove negative energy in the living space
  • After Christmas has passed and decorations are put away, make an inventory of which things you need and which others must stay.
  • Decluttering is the first step to clean the house. Removing old stuff avoids blocking energy.
  • Some people believe that those things that haven’t been used for a year or more need to be let go to benefit others. This way, you are opening space for new and better things to come your way.
  • Adopt the new year tradition of donating clothes and things that are in good shape. Things we don’t wear are greater use of others.
  • Once the decluttering is done, make deep cleaning of your home—dust, vacuum, and mop. Move the furniture and the decor. Moving things around helps to open paths for new energy.
  • Repair or remove broken things. Broken furniture or items do not help in creating a peaceful space. Another new year tradition to consider adopting.
  • The same goes for the walls. A good fresh coat of paint in light colors or white create a sense of space and calm.
  • Use organic cleaning agents such as white vinegar. Add one cup for every gallon of water. And use that to mop the floors and clean the bathrooms. Clean all the doorknobs and windows too.
  • Open the windows of your home or apartment. Let the air circulate to refresh the indoors and remove the odors from the past.
  • Lit white candles. We like to lit three at the same time as well as burning incense. This is a new year tradition that is not only calming but beautiful.
  • Another option to incense is to use an oil diffuser. We recommend eucalyptus and orange essential oils.
  • Other people like to burn palo santo and bundles of white sage. Those work too.
  • Ring a bell or use a Tibetan sound bowl to establish a better environment for mindset and healing.
  • Place fresh flowers and a bowl of fresh apples in the main entrance of the house. We recommend white flowers as those absorb negative energy.
  • When the flowers die and the apples go bad, replace them with new ones.
  • Outside your home, add a planter with Ruda or rue. This herb works as a repellent to bad energy. Make sure it is outside as it can be poisonous to cats and dogs.
  • If you notice the rue plant turns black after a few days, throw it away and place a new one. The changes on the plant mean it has absorbed the bad energy preventing it from entering your home.
  • Place a wind chime in the main entrance to your home. The bells work as a preventative of bad luck.
  • At the front of the house is good to have a running water fountain to keep the energy moving and purify the environment.
  • With all these tips, are you ready to start your new year tradition of at least trying one or two of these recommendations?
Round-shaped foods like lentils, grapes, and citrus represent prosperity. Many around the world eat these foods on New Years eve as good omens

Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right!

With the start of the new year, we have another chance to get it right. But let’s not forget to count our blessings. Giving thanks for the good and the bad. Without sorrows and mistakes, we wouldn’t be able to learn how to become better human beings.

May the upcoming year bring you many blessings, health, love, enough income, happiness, motivation, and inspiration for creating your own destiny.

Cheers to a fantastic new new year!

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New Year Traditions and Customs include cheering with champagne and remove negative energy from the livings space.
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How to Remove Negative Energy in your Home

We are providing a few tips and tricks on how to remove negative energy in your home. A few simple steps create a better living space and receive the new year energized and full of light.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cleaning time1 day
Author: Chef Adriana Martin


  • Boxes
  • Cleaning supplies including white vinegar and a broom
  • A bucket, a vase, and a mop
  • Water and desinfectant
  • White candles
  • Incense, palo santo, or sage
  • Fresh flowers
  • Green plants such as a rue herb
  • A wind chime
  • A bowl with apples


  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 gallon water
  • 1 rue herb
  • 1 palo santo
  • 1 incense
  • 1 sage
  • 3 white candles


  • Make an inventory of what you have. Decide what is good to donate and what should be discarded. Use boxes to divide the goods and keep only the necessary. Decluttering is important to allow new and better things to come.
  • Deep clean your living space using water and vinegar. Clean all the doorknobs and windows too. Open the windows to allow the air to flow.
  • Lit white candles, Burn incense or sage. And oil diffuser is a good replacement for incense and sage. Use eucalyptus and orange essential oils.
  • Place fresh flowers and a bowl of fresh apples in the main entrance of the house. Hang a wind chime in the main entrance too. In each bedroom, place a glass full of water on the night table. Replace that water every day.
  • Outside your home, add a planter with rue. This herb works as a repellent to bad energy. Make sure it is outside as it can be poisonous to cats and dogs.

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