New Year’s is coming up in Brazil. And while we are mostly all getting drunk with sparkling wine, collect tiny statues of chimney sweepers or lady bugs in Germany to finally shoot the hell out of these firecrackers at midnight, Brazil has far more rituals to entertain one another than the Germans do.

#1 WEAR SOMETHING WHITE.

The stores here all display white clothes for new year’s in Brazil and when the clock hits zero, you should better be wearing something white. The newer the better. I was told that the beach in Copacabana is packed with colourless clothes and people celebrating at the beach.

#2 CHOOSE THE COLOUR OF YOUR PANTIES WISELY.

The no- colour rule does not apply to your underwear. Here you have to be careful what you wear as each colour represents a different meaning.

GREEN – HEALTH & LUCK

PINK– LOVE

ORANGE – PROFESSIONAL SUCCESS

PURPLE– INSPIRATION

YELLOW – MONEY

RED – PASSION

BLUE– HARMONY

BLACK– DON’T YOU DARE! BAD LUCK!!

As much as I’ve tried to find rainbow coloured panties I had no luck with that and will probably go with another colour of my choice. I was told it has to be a new piece, you’ve never worn before – some people even wear 2 or 3 pieces in different colours at the same time.

#3 WALK UP A STEP WITH YOUR RIGHT FOOT.

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Alright. First thing you have to do at midnight is to step up some stairs or anything that is a bit higher with your RIGHT foot. I forgot why – but as I don’t want to be doomed I’ll definitely do it!

#4 HUG A PERSON OF THE OPPOSITE GENDER FIRST.

A woman hugs a man.

A man hugs a woman.

Easy as that.

#5 JUMP OVER 7 WAVES.

This one sounds fun! Get in the ocean as hundreds of people do and jump over 7 waves to become the luckies person ever. 

#6 PLEASE THE GODDESS OF THE OCEAN

Iemanjá – The mystical goddess of the sea is best pleased by throwing flowers into the ocean.

Some people even set up small boats and let them float in the water.

Beautiful. I like it.

(Will add some pictures here on January)

#7 KEEP SEVEN GRAPE SEEDS IN YOUR WALLET.

If the yellow panties aren’t enough- you can keep 7 single grape seeds in your wallet to raise your chances to become wealthier. I know I will lose them soon, but it’s fun right.

#8 EAT POMEGRANATES.

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I’m not quite sure how this works out with the white clothes, but eating Pomegranates is supposed to bring wealth on New Year’s.

I can’t help to add to be VERY careful, hahaha! There’s a reason those fruits have a “granate” in their name…

#9 DO NOT EAT ANY ANIMAL THAT WALKS BACKWARDS.

Ahahahaha. Wtf! Chicken is out. Turkey is out. And I am laughing really hard right now. BUT nonetheless I am fine with not eating that one.

Alright. I guess you’re set for the New Year in Brazil now! Let me know in the comments if I missed out on something important or if you find out where to buy rainbow panties!

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