Hi everyone! I’m counting the hours down for 2017 to arrive! As of right now, it’s 12 hours away. Do you have any plans for tonight? It’s been SO long since I’ve gone out on New Years Eve! I’m really excited about going out tonight. I can’t drink that much because a lot of cops will be out. If I remember correctly, it’s supposedly a $10,000 fine for being caught drinking and driving here! Yeah, no thank you!
Since I was a kid, my New Years Eve tradition is eating 12 grapes at the stroke of midnight. You can also make some wishes for the new year. The 12 grapes (green are best according to National Public Radio) are said to bring prosperity for the new year. The tradition comes from Spain. Mexico and various Latin American countries also participate. NPR also suggests wearing red underwear on New Years Eve as a good luck charm for the upcoming year. You can check out the story here. Why grapes? The Black Label says grape growers wanted to sell large quantities of grapes in the 1800’s. It’s also said the wealthy in Madrid wanted to copy the French on the last day of the year so they eat grapes and drink sparkling wine. Sweet grapes guarantee good luck and sour grapes suggest bad vibes. Here is the Black Label’s story. Do you have any New Years Eve traditions? Feel free to share them in the comments section. Have a happy and safe New Years Eve, everyone and I’ll see you next year 🙂
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