Friday, December 31, 2010

Twelve Good Luck Grapes

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!




  1. What a fun tradition! And big fun for the kiddies! Hope you and the Minnies have a wonderful New Year!

  2. What an interesting tradition! Hope you have a happy new year!

  3. What a fun tradition, I might have to try it tonight!
    Wishing you and your beautiful family all the very best for the New Year!!

  4. I pray that 2011 brings you many blessings!! Happy New Year, Friend! Much Love, Daphne

  5. I have never heard of that. I will have to remember that and try it next year.

  6. Do you know that on NY day we all brought something to dinner that a country deems "good luck"? I brought 12 grapes for each person :) I'd never heard that before, and wondered if it was just trumped up. But, you've just confirmed it!

    I am in store for some serious good luck this year :)



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