10 Portuguese Traditions to Celebrate the New Year
2023 is about to end and the new year is always celebrated with enthusiasm, joy, and a touch of magic.
New Year’s Eve is not only a time for banquets and rejoicing with family and friends, but there is also time for the rituals and superstitions that are part of the tradition of many Portuguese families.
We wish 2024 to be a wonderful year for everyone, here we share 10 Portuguese traditions to celebrate New Year’s Eve, to bring good luck and prosperity for the next 365 days.
Eat 12 sultanas
On the 31 of December, at midnight, tradition demands that you eat a sultana for every chime of the hour, 12 sultanas, and 12 wishes for the new year.
Taking your first swim in the sea
For the bravest who venture into the freezing waters of the Atlantic, believing that it purifies and renews energy and brings good fortune.
Cash in your hand or a new banknote in your wallet
To encourage prosperity in the new year.
Wearing blue underwear
A more recent tradition, and one adopted by the Portuguese. Blue represents health.
Debuting a piece of clothing
This tradition is the beginning of a new year with financial security.
Leave all doors and windows open
To ensure that the new year arrives with fresh air and very special blessings.
Getting rid of old things
Throwing away things that are no longer used, helps to get rid of the past.
To chase away everything that isn’t good. Tradition demands that you bang the lids of pots and pans.
Getting started on the right foot
Get off a chair with the right foot, or walk into the house with your right foot.
Make a toast
The traditional champagne toast is mandatory,
These are some of the Portuguese traditions, but there are more, according to the region of the country. We wish you all a new year full of prosperity and traveling.