Feliz Año Nuevo - Happy New Year!

spanish culture Jan 01, 2021

¡Feliz año nuevo!

So, we´ve officially said goodbye to 2020… and wow, what a year that was!

And as we welcome 2021 I wanted to share with you my favourite Spanish Christmas tradition…  

Eating the 12 grapes at midnight on New Year's Eve! 

(Or rather eating them at 11pm this year as we stayed in the UK… Thank goodness for living in the digital era and being able to watch everything live!)

In case you don't know what the grapes’ tradition is, basically, at midnight you eat one grape with each strike of the clock up to 12! And this is supposed to bring luck for the following year. Hence the popular name “las uvas de la suerte” (lucky grapes)

It's so exciting and so much fun trying to keep the pace while you watch everyone else going through them struggling too! If you’re ever in Spain on New Year’s Eve (Nochevieja), I really encourage you to try it.

Those few seconds are really powerful for me, they’re like a fast film of what’s happened during that year, feeling the gratitude for the present moment and embracing the new year with hope and joy.

And as the Spanish saying goes... “Año nuevo, vida nueva!” (New Year, new life!) 

Let's hope for a good one :)

Cristina & Pete

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