There are many different traditions in South America that are said to bring good luck for the New Year. Fireworks are essential, often starting at midnight and continuing all night long. Other more unusual good luck strategies include wearing yellow underwear and running around with an empty suitcase (to travel in the new year).
Some New Years traditions involve food, such as eating twelve grapes at midnight, one for each month of the year, and serving lentils or beans. Other popular New Years... foods include panettone or pan dulce, turrón (in Argentina), champagne, and hot chocolate. Families might enjoy a special holiday meal with similar dishes that they enjoy at Christmas, like roast turkey and tamales,
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A flavorful salsa made with marinated black-eyed peas and vegetables.
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These Brazilian black-eyed pea fritters are a popular street food from Bahia.
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Panettone is a sweet yeasted bread packed with dried fruit and nuts that is enjoyed at Christmas and New Years in Latin America.
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A great way to use leftover panettone - transform it into a delicious trifle with rum flavored pudding, whipped cream, and fruit.Continue to 5 of 11 below.
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Families often prepare tamales in large batches for the holidays. These tamales have a delicious pork filling which is easily prepared in the crockpot.
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A hearty potato salad with beets and a mayonnaise-lime dressing.
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A salad of fresh black eyed peas,red peppers,and green olives.
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This sweet savory bread is a Christmas favorite in Venezuela.Continue to 9 of 11 below.
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This delicious Brazilian dish of creamy black-eyed peas and rice with cheese and bacon, has an interesting story to go along with it...
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A Brazilian version of French toast that is delicious and often enjoyed at Christmas and New Years.
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Bite-size arepas are topped with seasoned black-eyed peas, ham and garlicky collard greens.