1. Know The History
The Twelve Grapes tradition in Spain originated in 1909 when some local vine growers from Alicante came up with the idea in order to sell huge amounts of grapes from an excellent harvest.
2. Know Why It’s Done
Spaniards eat their Doce Uvas de la Suerte every New Year’s Eve because of superstition. It’s believed that if each of the 12 grapes is not eaten, the person who fails to follow tradition will have bad luck during the next 12 months. Now that’s a sour deal!
3. Know How To Count To 12
The 12 grapes are eaten during the first 12 seconds of the New Year. Don’t count too fast, but don’t count too slow either and if you need help pacing yourself, there’s an app for that!
4. Know What To Wear
Okay, so this is a more recent tradition but it’s just as festive and involves wearing underwear (which you already should be doing). Pull on some red boxers (for love, passion, happiness), yellow panties (for prosperity), or any piece of yellow or red fabric. The important part is that the underwear or fabric be given to you by a loved one. If you wear your underwear backwards, you’ll receive lots of new clothes in the coming year!
5. Know What Grapes To Eat
In Spain, it’s traditional to eat the Vinalopé grape, a white table grape grown in the province of Alicante. The budding clusters of grapes are wrapped in paper bags in June and July and kept covered as they ripen. This ensures a skin that’s much finer and easier to swallow during the countdown. But, if you can’t manage to fly to Spain and back AND get through customs with a bunch of foreign produce, any domestic white grape will do. Just make sure the grapes are seeded for a choke-free holiday.
6. Know What Type Of Grape Eater You Should And Should Not Be
7. Know What to Drink
A lesser-known Spanish tradition on New Year’s Eve is dropping a gold ring into a glass of cava and then downing the entire glass. Just don’t swallow the ring!
8. Know The Heimlich Maneuver
You should already know this life-saving technique and hopefully you won’t have to use it. Chew before you swallow!
9. Know How To Arrange Your Grapes
There are so many ways to arrange them! Get creative!
10. Know Your Wishes
Some people believe that the 12 grapes signify the 12 months to come in the New Year while others believe each grape eaten will make a wish come true. If the latter sounds more appealing to you, make sure you’ve written down your 12 wishes before the countdown begins!
11. Know What To Do With The Leftovers
If you were way too optimistic about how many of your friends and family would celebrate this tradition with you and therefore have bunches of leftover grapes, fret not! Here are some sweet and savory recipes to reduce grape waste. Grape marshmallows anyone?
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