How’s the weather outside your door? Costa Rica’s ‘first 12 days’ superstition
This photo shows how New Year’s Day looked in Punta Uva, Limón. Yesterday, Jan. 3, was rainy in San José, and today is chilly and cloudy.
So what? Well, according to a traditional belief popular in Spain and Latin America, these weather patterns predict the whole year’s climactic ups and downs. According to the superstition, the weather on the first day of the year predicts the weather for January, the second day predicts February, and so on through Jan. 12 for December.
This piece in El Sol de Zacatecas, Mexico, explains that the tradition, sometimes known as cabañuelas, is “a tradition that refuses to die out.” Those truly in the know combine the first 12 days with the weather on the second 12 days (when they count backwards, Jan. 13 representing December, Jan. 14 November and so on) for a more nuanced forecast.
Here’s sending all our best to readers on the U.S. East Coast, trusting that today’s bomb cyclone and upcoming polar vortex don’t predict the weather for the entire month of May.
Read more about Costa Rican superstitions here:
You may be interested
Costa Rican diet contains too much salt, Health Ministry saysAlejandro Zúñiga - March 9, 2021
The average Costa Rican adult consumes twice the recommended value of salt each day, according to the Health Ministry. Ticos ingest…
Costa Rica creates commission to address gender unemployment gapAlejandro Zúñiga - March 9, 2021
In context of International Women's Day, Costa Rican leaders on Monday signed a decree to create a commission to address…
Vaccinated people don’t have to self-isolate after Covid contactAlejandro Zúñiga - March 8, 2021
People who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 won’t have to isolate if they are a close contact to someone who…