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TTC Special: The peculiar New Year in the Caribbean

TTC Special: The peculiar New Year in the Caribbean

By F.Martin

After a flight that can be from 45 minutes to three to four hours, a visitor coming to the Caribbean from the snow can leave his coat in his luggage and take a sea bath.

Any tourist who resides in the North of America will be able to have that experience on any Caribbean island in the harshest winter.  The tropical region has offers that many vacationers cannot refuse. Breathtaking beaches, delicious rum punch and infectious reggae beats are never far away.

Each island has a unique history sharing a warm hospitality, a love for colorful carnivals and a distinctive laid-back vibe.

Christmas and New Year holidays are very special in the Caribbean. No cold or road jams due to excessive snow.  The warm sunshine, sparkling blue waters, white sand beaches, waving palm trees and fun loving inhabitants make the Caribbean a different paradise on earth.

Barbados for example is a continental island in the North Atlantic Ocean.

On that island tourists can find lively calypso beats, stunning natural wonders and some of the world’s best beaches of the area. From the star-studded Platinum Coast to the family-friendly all-inclusive and local fish-fry celebrations, the island has something for everyone.

As everyone knows, Cuba is different. Also in the winter deals that are actually tropical. Visitors of the island said Cuba is the ideal destination to have a different Christmas that you will never forget, to know the customs of a unique country, so close and so different at the same time.

“In Cuba, there is not just one way to enjoy Christmas; for the very religious, they follow the traditions, for the santeros, it is an opportunity for renewal and for the majority of the population, it is an occasion to celebrate with family and friends.

The dinner on December 31th is an extraordinary moment.

Every year streets are filled with festivities and fireworks. The sunset is a delight, caressed by the good temperature of the Caribbean at this time.

In the Plaza de la Catedral the square is decorated for this occasion and closed to the public to offer a private event of colonial atmosphere. An exclusive dinner and music concerts are held to make this night the most special of the year.

In Dominican Republic a climate of traditions prevails during the last days of the year.

One should clear out the old and start the new year fresh and clean. When the clock strikes 12 make sure the doors and windows are open wide so the last year’s spirit can get out freely and the new one can enter, a national tradition advises.

In that country different colors mean different things. Wear the color that brings the wish for the coming year you want to come true. Green/ Verde helps out with the money situation, Red/ Rojo brings a bright future, Yellow/ Amarillo makes work better, White/ Blanco is for good health.

When the clock strikes 12 make sure the doors and windows are open wide so the last year’s spirit can get out freely and the new one can enter.

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