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Watch Night Series: Traditions in Guatemala and the Delta

Watch Night Series: Traditions in Guatemala and the Delta

Courtesy of the New York Public Library, Circa 1905

Courtesy of the New York Public Library, Circa 1905

I wrote about how In Guatemala City locals set off fire crackers on Christmas. Well they also set them off on New Year's. I found a source that talked about similar traditions in the Mississippi Delta. On New Year’s Day families would eat a traditional dinner including black-eyed peas, rice, and collard greens and shoot out the old year and shoot in the New Year with their guns. “All over you could hear guns going off,” says one Delta native. Then on New Year’s Day folks would eat right at twelve noon insuring a favorable new year. The men might go hunting while the women folk stayed in the kitchen making deserts, candied yams, and homemade cranberry sauce. My mother in law came up from down south for the holidays and she made an incredible homemade cranberry sauce. She insists that cranberry sauce from scratch is easy. Here are recipes you can use for your New Year’s feast. And by the way, in Guatemala City on New Years people shoot off the guns, wear news clothes, and eat a grape each the twelve chimes of the church bell that counts down the coming of the new year all for good luck. The main meal is most likely tamales like it was on Christmas.

Cranberry Sauce recipe

Cranberry Pound Cake recipe

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