Welcoming the New Year… a lo Boricua


Reposted from the new blog Puerto Rico Yarari. This is how we welcome the new year in Puerto Rico. Happy New Year everybody!

Puerto Rico Yararí

I suspect every culture has a very peculiar and personal way of celebrating the New Year. As traditions go, this celebration is quite universal, even if very different from one place to another. An interesting life goal could be to experience a New Year celebration in a different country every year. But in order to get the real experience you need to celebrate with locals, otherwise you’ll just be in a hotel with cheesy music and muted versions of the real thing.  So here’s a taste of what it’s like to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Puerto Rico:

The Menu: Some items vary depending on who’s hosting the party, but certain things will always be there.

  1. Lechón (pork), usually left with the skin, is a favorite of all. A traditional way of preparing it is to roast the entire pork “a la vara” in a pit occasionally turning it.
  2. Arroz…

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