12 Grapes on New Year's Eve in Spain
Pascual from Spain
a long time, Spanish people have had a traditional
custom of celebrating New Year's Eve. On the last
day of the year, the 31st of December, they wait
until twelve p.m. Everybody has to have twelve
grapes ready to eat when the clock starts to chime.
It is traditional to eat them as you hear the clock
from Puerta del Sol in Madrid chiming.
it is midnight, each time the clock
chimes, they put a grape in their
it is midnight, each time the clock chimes, they
put a grape in their mouth. By the time the clock
has finished chiming, everybody has to have
finished their grapes and the New Year starts, but
nobody ever finishes eating the grapes on time.
the grapes is very funny because everybody starts
the New Year with a full mouthful of grapes. It's
almost impossible to finish eating the grapes by
the time the clock finishes chiming. Normally
people still have all the grapes in their mouths,
and they start looking at each other and have to
can imagine what would happen if they laughed with
all the grapes in their mouths. It's really
difficult to have a second to swallow them. I think
you can imagine the rest of the story.
tradition started in Spain because one year when
there was a big grape harvest, the king of Spain
decided to give grapes to everybody to eat on New
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