Traditionally New Year in Costa Rica is celebrated on the first of January. Live Music, Folk Dancing, Carnival with Rides and Games mark the New Year celebrations of Costa Rica. New Year Traditions arise from the old beliefs and customs practiced by the early people. New Year Traditions in Costa Rica are not only interesting but also pour more fun to the New Year celebration.
There is a tradition to take a suitcase and walk around the block with families on the New Year Eve night. This is supposed to bring good luck and happy travels throughout the year. It also provides the neighbors a chance to catch up on gossip. There is also a custom to throw water out the door across the threshold on the New Year’s Day morning. The intent is to wash out the bad energy and bad luck from the past year. People of Costa Rica have prosperity grapes and champagne on New Year Eve midnight. Eating 12 grapes at midnight ensure financial stability in each month of the coming year.