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New Year's Day

New Year's Day 2019 and 2020

A New Year holiday is observed every 1 January in Chile. New Year’s Eve celebrations on 31 December continue with a day of rest on the first day of January.

YearDateDayHoliday
20191 JanTueNew Year's Day
20201 JanWedNew Year's Day

In some ways, Chile’s New Year’s traditions are like those of most other countries. They gather as a family, don their best attire, dine on delicious dishes, and do a countdown to midnight as the crowning moment of the party.

But, Chile also has many unique and even oddball traditions, which are very interesting to say the least. For the most part, these traditions are all about acquiring “good luck” for the year ahead.

Traditionally, some Chileans eat 12 grapes at the stroke of midnight, and if any of them are sour instead of sweet, one month of the coming year will be “sour.” Some people also drink champagne from a glass with a gold ring it, gulp down lentils at midnight, wear yellow underwear, put money in their shoes, and walk around the block carrying a suitcase to bring good luck.

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