In each country around the world, they all have their own way of celebrating New Year´s Eve. Although, the majority of the world wait up till midnight, and give a kiss to a loved one and scream “Happy New Year”, or in New York, they famously wait for the large ball to drop down on to Times Square. In Spain, they have their very own tradition of celebrating the countdown to the next 12 months.

Grapes! The Spaniards try their best and eat 12 grapes at midnight on New Year’s Eve, which are both a tradition and a superstition in Spain. For those of you who do not know the word “superstition” – a superstition is when someone does not believe about the supernatural world and they have their doubts, in other words, they feel that ghosts are not real but they have questions! Spaniards are scared of damaging their fate for the coming year by skipping the grapes, so therefore they must eat one for each stroke of midnight which leads them to having a very full face which the biggest challenge is most likely to be not gagging as you cram them in your mouth and try to swallow while laughing hysterically.

Eating the grapes signifies laughter and an adrenaline rush, to get everyone ready and excited for what the year has to offer, symbolises 12 lucky months ahead. In the UK, like the majority of the rest of the world, we all gather, with friends and family and count down the seconds! It’s a very exciting, often emotional, but nonetheless, excitable to see what the brand new year has to bring!

So, the proposal is, come to Spain, study Spanish with Proyecto Español and bring in the New Year the true Spanish way! What more could you ask for! Oh… and tell us whether or not you manage 12 grapes in your mouth!


Nancy Haniford