Monday, December 31, 2012

La Nochevieja - New Year's Eve

Nochevieja corresponds linguistically to the now obsolete English form of referring to the evening of December 31: "Ole Year's Night." It is traditional to eat twelve grapes, one on each chime of the clock at midnight. This tradition has its origins in 1909, when grape growers in Alicante thought of it as a way to cut down on the large production surplus they had had that year. Nowadays, the tradition is followed by almost every Spaniard, and the twelve grapes have become synonymous with the New Year. After the clock has finished striking twelve, people greet each other and toast with sparkling wine such as cava or champagne, or with cider.

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