Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Spanish New Year's Eve Traditions

In Spain, there's a New Year's Eve tradition of eating 12 grapes just before midnight. They eat a grape following each chime of the clock on top of the Casa de Correos building in Puerta del Sol Square in Madrid. After the clock has finished chiming, the Spaniards toast each other with champagne or cider. I've heard it's for good luck, and I've also heard that the grapes predict good or bad months - sweet grapes for good, sour grapes for bad. Spanish tradition says that wearing new red underwear on New Year's Eve brings good luck, too. Oo la la!

Happy new year, and may you all have 12 sweet grapes (and fresh red undies!).

Photo via Noble Pig.

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