I’m all ready for New Years here in Colombia. I’ll be spending it with other assistants working for the British Council, and we all have our yellow pants ready to wear on the 31st.
It’s traditional in Colombia to wear yellow underwear for luck on New Years. At the countdown, people (attempt to) eat 12 grapes – one for each month – before they prepare to make a toast or kiss a loved on. Then they grab a suitcase, and run around their block or neighbourhood, hoping to encourage lots of travels and good times in the year to come.
For anyone wondering, the pants say (roughly), “Here we don’t work… But we enjoy our luck!”