New Year’s Eve traditions: the Caribbean

NBC Latino

The Caribbean is home to a unique blend of influences both Old World and New, and during no time is this as evident as during the holidays. And while many favorite island foods – from juicy, moist pernil, creamy, rum-spiked coquito and savory pastelón – are a fixture on the table throughout the entire season, here’s a look at some very special traditions that make New Year’s Eve in the Caribbean so special.

In Puerto Rico, the party for Año Viejo really kicks off when the lechón asado or pernil– roast pig – is being carved. And while Puerto Ricans love a pig roast year round, there’s just something about being gathered with family and friends con un plato de lechón asado y arroz con gandules (rice with pigeon peas) that makes these dishes a particular favorite around the holidays and especially on New Year’s…

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By Nicholas Maithya Posted in Reviews

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