And a happy new year

There are various traditions that, as a South American person, I’m required to perform on new years eve. There are too many to actually carry out every year, but three that I make sure never to forget are:

1. Eat 12 grapes (out of your champagne glass) at the stroke of midnight

2. Wear yellow underwear

3. Get rid of old clothes

Now, the third tradition is a bit more complicated than it may seem. You take clothing you no longer wear, or is worn out, and you construct an effigy into the stomach of which you place a lot of firecrackers, which you use to blow the whole thing up on New Years Eve. It signifies “out with the old, in with the new,” more or less. A few years ago one of these caught a building on fire in downtown Lima, which caught more buildings on fire, which resulted in a pretty large-scale disaster, and they’ve since been banned by the government. So instead I suggest simply donating your clothing to a good cause, repairing those items you wish to keep but no longer wear due to the holes, and possibly joining us at Textile Arts Center on the first Thursday of the year (6:30 pm).

Also, make sure to wear yellow underwear. I’m not joking, don’t mess with the fates.

What are your traditions? Are there any involving clothes?

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