Chile's traditional festivals - New Year

The New Year is welcomed in cities throughout Chile with spectacular fireworks displays at midnight on December 31. The most impressive are in the port city of Valparaiso, where thousands of people seek out the best vantage points on hillside terraces overlooking the sea. People usher in the new year by hugging, toasting with champagne and exchanging wishes for prosperity. Many have their own rituals for the New Year: some people eat lentil dishes; some write down everything that was bad about the old year, and then burn the paper symbolically; some write down all their wishes for the New Year, and then hide the piece of paper away. There are those who go out walking with luggage, so they will travel during the year; and there are those who wear 'lucky' items, such as yellow underwear or borrowed or new clothes.

Friday, April 29, 2011  

Fuegos Artificiales año nuevo Valparaiso 2010 from Diego Peñailillo on Vimeo.

The New Year is welcomed in cities throughout Chile with spectacular fireworks displays at midnight on December 31. The most impressive are in the port city of Valparaiso, where thousands of people seek out the best vantage points on hillside terraces overlooking the sea. People usher in the new year by hugging, toasting with champagne and exchanging wishes for prosperity. Many have their own rituals for the New Year: some people eat lentil dishes; some write down everything that was bad about the old year, and then burn the paper symbolically; some write down all their wishes for the New Year, and then hide the piece of paper away. There are those who go out walking with luggage, so they will travel during the year; and there are those who wear 'lucky' items, such as yellow underwear or borrowed or new clothes.

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