One of the things that fascinates me so much about living in Spain is how rich they are in their heritages and traditions. On NYE I was able to experience another Spanish tradition of eating 12 grapes to celebrate the new year.

After being in Kansas for 10 days, Xicu and I returned to Spain on the 30th and arrived in Ibiza on the 31st to spend the new year with his family and friends. At midnight everyone watches the t.v., which is broadcasted live from Sol in Madrid. When the clock strikes midnight naturally there are 12 strikes, and that’s when everyone eats twelve grapes for each clock strike, symbolizing good luck for the next year.

The goal:
To eat 12 grapes in the first 12 seconds of the new year.

The challenge:
Trying to eating all these grapes at once! You end up with a very full mouth. Chubby bunny?!

My thoughts:
I love doing new things, so I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Xicu’s dad preparing the grapes

My plate of grapes

Most families usually have a dinner as well before around 10pm. After eating the grapes most young people go out.

First New Year’s Eve together 🙂


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