In Spain, it is New Year’s Eve tradition to eat a grape at each stroke of midnight. Twelve grapes for twelve months of the year. Everybody does it for good luck. Vast crowds of people with their hands full of grapes come together to watch the town clock at places as Puerta del Sol – Madrid‘s most central plaza.
The tradition seems to have really taken off in the beginning of the 20th century, after an unusually large grape harvest in the south. Now the Spanish cannot imagine New Year’s Eve without it. Try it at home with some bubbly.
Here are some midnight grapes by the Russian-Israeli glass artist Nadia Annenkova:
Happy New Year, everyone!