What traditions do you have to ensure good luck in the next year? For some people it's pork and sauerkraut. For others it's black-eyed peas and cabbage.
A fun tradition that I observed in Mexico is the tradition of eating twelve grapes for good luck.
At the midnight hour approaches, people prepare twelve grapes and a drink for a toast to the new year. At the clock strokes midnight, people eat the grapes quickly, one grape with each chime of the clock, making a wish for each grape. A variation that I heard from another Mexican friend is that each grape symbolizes a month of the year. If it is a sweet grape, it will be a good month. If it is a sour grape, the month will be challenging. Personally, I prefer making wishes and being optomistic for the new year. :)
This tradition originally began in Spain, supposedly after a suplus of grapes had been produced for the season.
Eating twelve grapes sounds good in theory, but in practice, it's actually quite hilarious. It's really difficult to finish the twelve grapes before the clock stops chiming and everyone usually starts the new year with a mouth full of grapes and lots of laughter.
Happy New Year to you! Best Wishes for 2011!