Eat Twelve Grapes at Midnight on the New Year


At midnight on the 31st of December, Cubans eat twelve grapes, which symbolize each month of the year; this is supposed to bring good luck. The tradition derives from Spain. This tradition originated in December during early 1900s, when there was an excess harvest of grapes due to abnormal weather conditions. The king of Spain gave everyone grapes to eat on New Years Eve. My informant said that this is such a funny tradition because when the clock strikes twelve everyone’s mouths are filled with grapes.