Those who want to celebrate New Year’s Day in Peru will need to bring their appetites as well as colored undergarments.
Celebrations abound in the South American country as the New Year chimes. Luxury hotels along the coast have high-end celebrations that make spending the holiday in this country a once in a lifetime event.
Those who want to party all night head to Cusco, known as one of the wildest cities on New Year’s. There, you can gather in the street at Plaza de Armas to countdown to the New Year and watch the magnificent fireworks display. Afterward, everyone heads to the bars and rings in the New Year hours into the day.
Peruvian cuisine plays a large role in the celebration. Both hotels and private homes prepare a banquet of delectable dishes fit for royalty. Holiday Peruvian food includes a variety of items, but warmer temperatures dictate the fare is lighter than most have in the United States. There are many types of rices and salads to accompany traditional foods like turkey and pork.
Like others around the world, Peruvians have traditions to bring luck. Among those are eating 12 grapes as the countdown to midnight begins. Another is to wear colored underwear inside out and reversing them at midnight. Yellow brings happiness, red attracts love and green gets you money, according to superstition.
Those who can’t travel to Peru, but want to experience authentic Peruvian flavors should spend the evening at La Costanera Restaurant on the California coast near San Francisco. This restaurant offers Peruvian cuisine so delicious it puts you in a good mood as you start off the New Year!