When asked this question, most people might say a same-old champagne toast and a kiss from a loved one (or the nearest stranger). This summer I had the opportunity to stand in the Plaza del Sol in Madrid, Spain where every year on New Year’s Eve a tradition occurs: eating grapes. At the stroke of midnight, each time the clock bell tolls, revelers eat a grape. 12 seconds, 12 grapes. Doing so is believed to bring forth good luck and a great harvest in the upcoming year.
My family, being from the South, always eats a variation of the same menu: a cut of pork, collard greens, black eyed peas and cornbread. Each element of the meal is
So now that you know what I have for New Year’s dinner, I’d like to know: What do you and your family eat. Do you have any special traditions or quirky superstitions?