The Twelve Grapes, a New Year Tradition That Will Bring You Good Luck
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The Twelve Grapes, a New Year Tradition That Will Bring You Good Luck

Por - Diciembre 2021
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One stroke, one grape, and one wish is a New Year tradition that has become one of the most popular good luck rituals due to all the things it represents. Even considered magical by some, this ritual is performed at midnight when the number 12 is repeated: 12 strokes, 12 o’clock, 12 months, 12 grapes, 12 wishes.

Just like some people believe that taking empty suitcases around the block will ensure a lot of traveling during the new year, others are convinced that eating grapes at the stroke of midnight will guarantee a year with goals and wishful thinking for the new period that begins. Moreover, it adds a bit of adrenaline and fun to the night to find out who can follow the pace of the strokes while eating the 12 grapes.

However, this tradition, which is highly popular in Latin America, is actually from Spain. According to the book Spain by journalist Jeff Koehler, the origin of this good luck ritual has two possible theories: One located in the 19th century and the other in the early 20th century.

The first hypothesis asserts that the Spanish bourgeois wanted to do as their French counterparts, whose New Year’s Eve celebration involved eating grapes and drinking sparkling wine.

The tradition then passed on to people in Madrid, who went to the Puerta del Sol to listen to the strokes at midnight and to eat grapes, like the wealthy, but with irony and mockery.

The second hypothesis mentions that farmers in Aledo, Alicante had a surplus of harvested white grapes and decided to sell them at a low price.

Nowadays, these grapes are so famous that they are known as “good luck grapes” and they are even sold in Aledo in 12-piece special packages to welcome the New Year.

Kick-starting the year with good wishes is always a great way to get inspired and manifest prosperity for the new cycle that begins. Whether you eat grapes or not, New Year’s Eve is always a day full of optimism that we want to share with you with these 12 tips to welcome the new year.

Translated by Miranda Perea
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