A friend recently told me that it is a New Year’s tradtition in Brazil to wear a new pair of undies on New Year’s Eve, at midnight, to bring good luck for the coming year. I am by no means supersticious, but find the tradition charming and have bought myself and a friend each a pair. There is a little pocket stitched on the front into which one can place a written note.
The colors and their significance:
Yellow – to attract money, success, and for those who need to “tone” the nervous system.
Green – for those in search of harmony
Blue – to bring tranquility
Pink – to bring happiness and love
Lavender – to bring confidence
White – to bring peace and equilibrium
At the store I went to, there was no lavender or green at all and no blue or yellow in my size. Pink is my favorite color so I went with that. “Bitsy” will be receiving yellow, in the hopes of propelling her writing career. Bitsy is another expat princess, although of a different nationality, and will appreciate the gesture, especially since her gift is a size smaller than mine. It is also a major faux pas to wear any color other than white for New Year’s in Brazil. The first year I went to the beach I brought my standard black and received many concerned looks. This year I am wearing a white outfit from Salvador, Bahia and though I will not fit right in, at least it’s a start. Here are some other Brazilian (?) ideas to ring in 2007:
Jump over 7 waves while making a wish.
Eat 7 grapes one at a time, spitting out the seeds, while making a wish.
Eat lentils for prosperity (my mother’s personal fave).
Eat a pomengranate for luck, prosperity, and health.
Tuck a dollar bill into your wallet at midnight.
If all else fails, open a bottle of champagne. I will be wave jumping with my children.