This is a symbolic ritual for receiving fresh hopes for transformation and letting go of all that transpired the previous year. Sweeping and cleaning the entire house is another approach to reconcile with the past. Most Latin Americans ensure that their houses are pristine by New Year's Eve in order to start the New Year fresh and clean.
The sweeping of the house represents cleansing it from any negative energy. This is important because at the beginning of every new year we want our home to be filled with positive thoughts and energy.
By clearing the house of any negative energy, you allow room for good luck to enter. Do this by throwing open all the windows and doors and allowing any bad feelings to escape. It is also important to burn any unwanted papers or objects that may contain negative energy. Then, spend some time thinking about what you want to change in your life next year. Make a list of goals that are realistic but still challenging. Finally, make sure to give yourself enough time to complete all these tasks before the New Year arrives.
The sweeping of the house is just one of many traditions related to New Year's celebrations in Latin America. People eat different foods on New Year's Eve depending on the region they live in. In some places it is common to eat 12 grapes at midnight, which will bring prosperity for the year. In other parts of the world, it is customary to send good wishes through letters written on New Year's Eve.
The major reasons for this include the rising level of living, the expanding economy, the region's wealth, and the fact that there are chances for individuals wishing to start a new life. Perhaps we are witnessing history repeating itself with Latin America's ascent as the new economic superpower. The signs are there: increased trade, investment, and tourism between countries across the region.
People migrate within Latin America for many reasons. In some cases, it is because there is no work available at home or because the wages are better away from they country. Sometimes people just move for adventure or to see another part of the world. However, most often it is for economic opportunities such as jobs in the growing industry or smaller cities with less expensive housing.
Within Latin America, people also move abroad for the same reasons. Some leave their poor country and tries to make a living in one of the more prosperous nations. Others go to study at university campuses or to find work as domestic helpers. Still others travel alone or with friends and family to try out something new or to join relatives who have already settled down elsewhere.
In conclusion, people settle in Latin America for various reasons. Some do so because there are no opportunities at home and they want to earn a stable income, while others go because there are great opportunities for employment abroad. Whatever the reason may be, once people have made up their minds to move, they should consider the consequences before making any decisions.
This day is known as "El Dia de la Raza" in several Latin American communities in the United States. Some governments and communities have elected to mark Indigenous Peoples Day instead of Columbus Day in recent years.
In Mexico, Colombia, and Ecuador, people wear red clothes in memory of the Spanish king who signed the first European treaty with an Indian tribe - a deal that forced Indians to work for the Spaniards at gunpoint. They also eat red foods on this day.
In North America, South America, and the Caribbean, it is known as "Dia del Caribe" or "Día de los Muertos". It is not to be confused with Cinco de Mayo, which is also held on 5th of May.
People dress up in costume and go out into public places with decorated carts or bikes carrying food that represents the seasons. In addition, there are concerts, dances, and other events planned by different organizations throughout the year.
It all began in 1969 when Mexicans in California decided to celebrate their indigenous culture by wearing red clothes on September 16th (this date was chosen because it was the beginning of the school year). From there, the tradition spread to other parts of Latin America where some countries still celebrate it today.
Dia de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, is a November 1 celebration. Although it is observed across Latin America, Dia de los Muertos is most closely linked with Mexico, where the custom started. The holiday is also called "La Tostada" - the Toast. People give gifts to each other on this day.
In Mexico, people visit cemeteries and memorial parks to honor their loved ones. They eat food, drink alcohol, play music, and make donations in memory of their lost friends and family members.
There are several themes associated with Dia de los Muertos. One of them is "sending flowers', which is based on the tradition that if you don't have money to buy flowers, then use sand from one end of the cemetery to the other. This way, you will not be alone during this important time.
Another theme is "feeding your relatives", which means giving them something to eat or drink. Sometimes, people will even leave food behind for the spirits to enjoy while visiting the gravesite.
Finally, there is a belief that when you wear clothes made from cotton, the souls of those who died will be able to join you in the next life. So, on this day, people will dress in white, which is the traditional color for this occasion.