Grapes on New Years Eve, Happy New Year 2006
Well, one more year we take the lucky grapes again on New Year's Eve, during the last twelve seconds of the year, we will eat one grape for every second (at least we will put them in our mouth). Do you know that this tradition dates back to the beginning of the 20th century? It all started with an economic objective in 1909.
The grape producers had a large surplus of their production and a clever producer, in a meeting, proposed the great idea (for them) of this rite that today marks all Spaniards. We were well sold for the imaginative idea that we would be lucky to end the year eating 12 grapes, one with each stroke of midnight. An idea that arose to get rid of a surplus has served to create a tradition that most of us Spaniards follow and that many even think, that if it is not fulfilled, it will be a less fortunate year.
This tradition transcends year after year, even some South American countries are also beginning to institutionalize it. In time, who knows, will everyone celebrate the end of the year the same?
Well, be that as it may, this tradition serves to unite all Spaniards, at that moment we all have the same wishes and we celebrate that we are still here. Every December 31 we anxiously await the last twelve chimes of the year accompanied by the grapes, and the multitude of anectodes that arise in that minimum margin of time? Surely you have some fun to tell us.
It's for you! Happy New Year 2006 and may fate bring you good health, may your wishes be fulfilled and may you continue to provide us with your company.
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