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Uvas de la Suerte [ Tuesday, 02 Jan 07 | 18:55 ]

Last week I bought packages of 12 uvas peladas y sin pepitas. For those of you who are castellano challenged, that’s “12 grapes peeled and without seeds.” Why are they called “Lucky Grapes”? That’s because you eat them at midnight on Nochevieja (aka New Year’s Eve) and this is supposed to bring you good luck for the rest of the year.

The clock-tower in Puerta del Sol (“Gateway to the Sun”) in the center of Madrid is the scene of the Spanish version of Times’ Square celebrations in New York City. The building serves as the headquarters for the Comunidad de Madrid (regional government.)

Here in Spain an estimated 14 million people watched on TV as the ball descended above the clock and the “warning bells” sounded. Then the official clock bell peeled twelve times (la campanada). You eat one of the grapes for each sounding of the bell. That’s normally followed by traditional toasts with cava (the Spanish version of champagne).

On TV they have a PIP showing the clock with a large numeral superimposed indicating the number tolls of the bell so that deaf people to follow along. Also, the bell is manually struck so you have enough time to eat each grape.

After the event at midnight, the special entertainment shows on TV continue until 6 am.

On the sidewalk at the base of the regional government’s headquarters is KM 0, from whence road distances all over Spain are measured.

And one last thing about Año Nuevo. Remember that it is año and not ano, unless you want a new asshole!


[User Picture]From: muckefuck
Tuesday, 02 Jan 07 | 21:22 (UTC)
All in all, you're better off with Catalan, where there is no chance of confusing a nou any with a nou anus!

My sister-in-law coaxes my brother into doing the uvas every year. They use seedless, but I don't think I've ever seen them peel them. That might explain why they never seem to get all twelve down in time.
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[User Picture]From: ursine1
Tuesday, 02 Jan 07 | 21:41 (UTC)
My comment about about Año Nuevo was meant to be a joke.

People can be just as confused using català. I have had locals argue about what my town means and "nou" is part of the name. i take the town council's word for the origin of the name.

As for the grapes, it depends how big they are. The grapes here are quite large and may be a bit much to deal with at 3 seconds per grape, unless they are peeled. The smaller ones in California are easy to eat. i did get razzed for buying the peeled grapes though.

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[User Picture]From: muckefuck
Tuesday, 02 Jan 07 | 22:11 (UTC)
"Farmhouse No. 9"? That seems unlikely!
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[User Picture]From: rockey1
Tuesday, 02 Jan 07 | 21:29 (UTC)


Hope that they bring you luck. I have been learning much about New Year's on here. I had never even heard about eating Black eyed Peas until I read notdefined entry about his New Years Dinner.
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[User Picture]From: muckefuck
Tuesday, 02 Jan 07 | 22:00 (UTC)
Did he have collard greens as well? I'm told by a friend from Arkansas they represent money. Fortunately (because I hate greens) my ex left those off and only made the hoppin' john. But his people were Okies.
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[User Picture]From: rockey1
Tuesday, 02 Jan 07 | 22:04 (UTC)

He sure did

I like them too I also like Black eyed peas as well.
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[User Picture]From: ursine1
Tuesday, 02 Jan 07 | 22:32 (UTC)

Brassica oleracea

Although collard greens are thought to have originated in the Mediterranean region, other cultivars of Brassica oleracea are more popular here in Barcelona, such as broccoli, cauliflower, and brussels sprouts.

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[User Picture]From: muckefuck
Tuesday, 02 Jan 07 | 22:40 (UTC)
I'm not surprised, since I find all of those more palatable than greens myself (even when cooked in the traditional Catalan fashion, i.e. to death and beyond).
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