New Years Traditions: Spain
A magnificently large harvest only happens every so often, and when it does, the year that the harvest blossomed is celebrated.
At the turn of the century, Spain experienced a gigantic grape harvest. The harvest was so grandiose that the year is marked as a time of great luck.
Every year since, Spanish people have brought in the New Year by eating 12 grapes as the clock strikes midnight. At each strike of the Plaza del Sol clock (which is broadcast to the entire country much like the United States broadcasts the Time’s Square clock), another grape is eaten in celebration of lucky years past, and in hope of a lucky year to come.