Dia de Los Reyes Magos 1
In Puerto Rico, part of the tradition for El Día de los Reyes Magos (January 6th) is to put grass or hay in shoeboxes and a few bowls of water next to the tree so that the camels would have something to fuel them.
Latinos are't typically a patient bunch...which is why Nochebuena, the tradition practiced in Latin American countries of celebrating on Christmas Eve and opening all the presents at midnight, is perfect for us!
12 Grapes 3
Many Latin American countries follow the tradition of eating 12 grapes on New Years in order to commemorate the months of the last year. It is especially popular in Mexican celebrations and is something easy and fun to do with your kids!
Clean House 5
Another New Years trick that is supposed to give you a clean slate for the coming year? Cleaning your house! According to Cuban tradition, you should also take a bucket of dirty water and throw it over the balcony at midnight to wash away bad energy (you might want to check none of your neighbors are on the street before following that one!).
Yellow Underwear 6
For reasons I still don't understand, wearing yellow underwear on New Years is also supposed to bring good luck for the upcoming 12 months. It's kind of weird, but requires minimum effort and can't hurt, right?
Las Posadas 7
A primarily Mexican tradition, La Posada requires that children and adults dress up as Mary and Joseph (or that participants carry the images of the religious figures) in a semi-procession during the nine days before Nochebuena.
Nativity sets 8
Putting together a nativity set is one of the most beloved Latin Christmas traditions! In most Latin American countries, people "hide" the Baby Jesus figure until it's actually midnight on Christmas Eve.
Traditional food 9
Every country has it's own kind of traditional Christmas food and desserts! Whether it be tamales, a side of yuca, buñuelos or any of the other variety of dishes, one thing is for sure: they're all delicious and your kids are sure to love sampling them!