Year's Day in Puerto Rico
Ivette from Puerto Rico
celebrate the New Year with big, big parties and
"parrandas". Parrandas are like going caroling from
house to house, but our people do this when it is
late, late at night.
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You can also see fireworks in some
places. Couples go to the beach to see the
first sunset of the year.
people that you are supposed to visit can not know
about you going to visit them that night; it's like
a big surprise! We eat, dance and sing all night
New Year, people wear brand new clothes, and some
go to visit relatives and watch t.v. until 12:00
a.m. At that time, some make a big circle and pray
giving God thanks for the year that has past and
for the new year. They give big hugs and kisses to
also dress in white clothes for "good luck". We eat
pork, "pasteles" (like tamales), arroz con gandules
(rice with green pigeon peas) and arroz con dulce
can also see fireworks in some places. Couples go
to the beach to see the first sunset of the year.
In some neighborhoods you can see the streets
closed and people dancing in the middle of the
street until the sun comes up.
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