Happy New Year

Last night at midnight, we kissed, and then my husband jumped up off the couch.

“Oh! I almost forgot a tradition!”

He went into the kitchen and returned with the dog’s water bowl.

“What in the world are you doing?” I asked as he headed towards the front door.

The niños watched him, giggling. Even the dog stared at him, perplexed. He opened the front door and tossed the water outside. The dog looked at me and I shrugged.

“There,” he said satisfied, as he returned to the kitchen to give the dog fresh water. “You toss out the old and start new.”

“That’s a tradition in El Salvador?” I asked as the niños continued giggling.
“Yes,” he said, turning off the faucet and setting the bowl back on the floor.
“You throw the dog’s drinking water out the door?”
“Nooo,” he said, finally understanding our confusion and laughter. “Any bowl of water. That one was just sitting there, so…”
“Ah, okay… Um, Happy New Year.”
“Happy New Year!”
“To health, happiness, prosperity… and fresh dog water.”

Posted on January 1, 2010, in Anglo vs. Latino, celebration, Culture, el macho, holiday, humor, Salvadoreños. Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. In Italy is tradition to throw out the window old stuffs like dishess, clothes, furnitures, etc.
    Happy new year to you too.

    • Señora López

      @ Blo – In the United States, we call this “eviction” … Hee hee. Just kidding. Seriously, I didn’t know of this Italian tradition so thanks for sharing it! It’s making me imagine a Federico Fellini-style scene with all sorts of things flying, drifting, floating through the air, being thrown out of doors and windows along the street.

  2. I like that throwing old water out idea, that’s the first I have heard of it.


  3. Recibe un abrazote y te deseo lo mejor para este año nuevo que apenas comienza, que Dios te colme de mas bendiciones de las que ya tienes.

    Un saludo para ti y todos los tuyos, mis mejores deseos van para todos ustedes.

  4. Aren’t you a little early ?

    • LOL, Rudy. This is from 2010. For some reason it was in “drafts” and I noticed that today. I had to re-publish it. You must have seen it come through in E-mail when I did that – but this is not new and it’s not for 2011! :)

  5. Ok Tracy, got it, and yes, it came via e-mail

  6. Did I sleep through Thanksgiving and Christmas? It’s still funny!

    My daughter walked around the block carrying a suitcase so she would have many adventures in the new year. Happy New Year, (I think).

    • No, no, LOL. You didn’t hibernate, I promise. Jijiji…

      I should have told you guys it was an April Fools joke – then I’d be even earlier! ;)

      (Cute about the suitcase!)

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