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Along with other South American traditions, Colombia has its own quirky customs for New Year’s Eve. One is running around the block at midnight with a suitcase to guarantee exciting travel in the upcoming year. Another is predicting your economic outlook for the year with potatoes. Colombians will place three potatoes under their bed, one peeled, one half peeled and one not peeled, then grab one without looking. If you pick the unpeeled potato, your year will be prosperous. Half-peeled is so-so, while completely peeled means you should brace for tough times.