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ON NEW YEARS EVE, SPAINIARDS GATHER IN THE MAIN OR NEIGHBORHOOD SQUA
OF THEIR VILLAGES, TOWNS OR CITIES TO RING IN THE NEW YEAR AND
USHER OUT THE OLD. THEIR HOPES OF GOOD LUCK FOR A BETTER NEW YEAR
ARE FOUND IN GRAPES. AT EACH STRIKEOF THE GONG OF THE MIDNIGHT
HOUR, ONE GRAPE IS PUT INTO YOUR MOUTH TO BE EATEN. IF YOU MANAGE
TO DIGEST THEM ALL, OR AT LEAST SWALLOW THEM, AND NOT WHOLE, THEN
THE COMING YEAR WILL AFFORD YOU GOOD FORTUNE.

Submitter comment: HIS MAY SEEM SIMPLE ENOUGH, BUT HAVE YOU EVER TRIED TO EAT TWELVE
GOOD SIZED GRAPES AT ONCE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MARQUETTE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
BELIEF -- P514 P514.2

Date learned: 06-00-1979

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