In Mexico, as in most latino cultures, it is tradition to grab an empty suitcase and run with it or drag it around the block as soon as the clock strikes midnight, to secure traveling in the New Year. There is also the belief that the furthest one runs, the more opportunities he or she will get to travel.
Personally, I've never done this but it seems like such a fun thing to add to the list of crazy things I do when one more chapter in my life comes to a close. Typically, I toast with champagne or sparkling wine with my family and pop 12 grapes in my mouth, one by one with every chime of the clock. Also, if I remember correctly, if you manage to gulp down your grapes by the time the clock finishes chiming, you will have 12 months of good luck!
For the past four years, I've adopted the tradition of receiving the New Year in Playa del Carmen's famous Quinta Avenida (Fifth Avenue), amongst thousands of people. It's an incredible sight, even for sore eyes! If you're not into crowds, I recommend you stand by the sidelines or make a reservation in one of the restaurants nearby, because this experience is worth living at least once in a lifetime!
And if you're wondering what one thing has to do with the other, yes I've seen people bring their suitcases, their grapes and of course, enough booze to continue the party till the sun rises. This is an opportunity to dance the whole night, make new friends with people from all around the globe and experience a night you will never forget!
Oh and don't worry about the music scene, because there will be plenty of DJ stations all throughout Calle 12 (12th Street), between the beach and the world-famous night club with Vegas-style shows, Coco Bongo. Also, Mamita's Beach will be featuring Armin Van Buuren, and the BPM Festival is set to follow from the 3rd to the 12th of January, 2014!!
Are you looking forward to celebrating the New Year as much as me? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!
Written by: Nadia El-Sharkawy