Every culture has its own habits. Spain is no different. On New Year’s Eve at midnight, we eat a grape at each stroke of the clock. One grape for one month of luck.
And since you can’t have too much luck, we’re eating 12 right away !
A tradition with a story
The tradition goes all the way back to the beginning of the 20th century.
In Viñalopó, a valley in Alicante, the farmers had an extraordinarily good grape harvest. “Sharing makes you happy “, they thought and so decided to share grapes on New Year’s eve for good luck in the next year.
But Spain wouldn’t be Spain if there were not other stories about history. Another story goes like this: in 1882, the ordinary people of Madrid ate grapes to show that they could also do something on New Year’s Eve. Grapes were then a real luxury product. Just think of old paintings on which rich lush ladies are depicted with equally lush bunches of grapes.
Fun to do
Today it’s just a fun tradition. During this period you can find tins with exactly twelve grapes in every supermarket here. And any self-respecting restaurant has on its New Year’s Eve menu “Las Uvas de la Suerte” or “Grapes of luck”. Prepared for everything. With or without grapes, we wish you a fantastic new year!