Did you eat the Spanish twelve grapes of luck in New Year’s Eve?
The twelve grapes of luck” (Las doce uvas de la suerte) is a Spanish tradition that dates back from at least 1895 but became established in 1909. In December of that year, some vine growers popularized this custom to better sell huge amounts of grapes from an excellent harvest.
The tradition consists of eating a grape with each bell chime at midnight on New Year’s Eve. According to tradition, it is believed that whoever eats their 12 grapes as the bells chime (one for each of the twelve chimes) will have a lucky and prosperous year.
After dinner, people get together with their friends and family around the television, because the striking clock is broadcast live all around Spain. Alternatively, if they are in Madrid, they can go to the “Puerta del Sol” (equivalent of Trafalgar Square in London) to see in the New Year, singing, dancing and, of course, stuffing their 12 grapes in their mouths whilst downing their glasses of cava!
With the thought of the 12 grapes, here are 12 reasons why learning Spanish should be one of your New Year’s resolutions:
12. It’s a global language
11. Use Spanish to improve your employment potential
10. It’s a lot easier than quitting smoking or drinking
9. Learning Spanish is fun
8. Spanish is spoken by 450 million people
7. Learn Spanish to enhance your travel experiences
6. There are so many English-Spanish cognates
5. Learning a second language improves your brain
4. Learn Spanish to improve your knowledge of your own language
3. Language learning creates lifelong friendships
2. For many, learning Spanish is rapidly becoming a business necessity
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