There is something different about celebrating the New Year holiday in Peru. Those planning such a trip will find local traditions and superstitions unique and fun!
The first thing to realize is New Year’s Day falls in the summer in Peru. So, many celebrations and activities happen on the beach. Paracas, a beach located south of Lima, offers options including luxury hotels for celebrating.
Foodies must stay in Lima, known as the country’s culinary capital. New Year’s Eve dinners are feasts of Peruvian cuisine lasting for hours. Some Peruvian food served include familiar foods, like oven-roasted turkey and pork, but the difference comes in side dishes that include varieties of rices and salads.
One of the traditional side dishes served is a la huancaina. This dish consists of yellow potatoes seasoned with saffron or turmeric. They are boiled in a creamy sauce with hot spices to enhance Peruvian flavors.
Meals are topped off with a lot of beer and popping champagne at midnight.
Some of Peru’s New Year traditions are centered how certain foods bring luck. Superstition mandates people eat 12 grapes, six red and six green, during the New Year Eve countdown for luck the next year. Another tradition is to scatter rice around a home for luck, wealth and fertility. Others write five wishes and dip them, one by one, in the traditional champagne toast to make them come true.
Those wishing to celebrate in authentic South American style should come to La Costanera Restaurant . This authentic Peruvian restaurant has both the food and the atmosphere to make the holiday memorable! We are waiting to serve you!