Twelve Grapes



Here’s to a wonderful 2007!, originally uploaded by A30_Tsitika.

Just learned about the Spanish New Year custom of The Twelve Grapes.

According to Wikipedia:

The tradition consists in eating a grape with each bell strike at midnight of December 31. According to the tradition, that leads to a year of prosperity. Each grape is eaten with each beat of the bell. After the 12th strike everyone should have eaten all their 12 grapes, although this seldom happens due to its difficulty.

The twelve grapes are linked to the Puerta del Sol tower clock, where this tradition started and from where the change of year is always broadcast.

Living within earshot of our local New England church bells, I think this sounds like a lovely tradition, and I would like to run right out and buy some grapes for tonight.

… if it ever stops snowing.

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6 thoughts on “Twelve Grapes

  1. Yeah, it’s an old and nice tradition, dated from 1909 due to grape harvest surpluses.

    Kids have lots of fun, but eating 12 grapes, at each beat, is a challenge!!! Try it and blog your experience 😉

    Latest trend is to buy and eat peeled and seedless grapes, just to make the tradition a bit easier 🙂

  2. Here in Mexico we do this as well, among other crazy stuff such as:

    – Wearing yellow or red undies… Yellow is for money and red for love (I’m trying to find one that has the two colors).
    – Running outside your house with empty luggage… To travel a lot in the year to begin.

    Oh, and here you’re supposed to ask for a wish with every grape you eat! (make in it impossible to do it with each strike!)

    Have a great 2009!

  3. Damn, I wish I had read this on New Years Eve, I went to a NYE party and it was so boring everyone went home at 11:30pm! This might have made us stay until midnight. Although not having a clock that chimes might be a bit of a problem!

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