I love Spanish traditions, and one of my favourites is eating UVAS at MEDIANOCHE on NOCHE VIEJA (GRAPES at MIDNIGHT on NEW YEAR’S EVE. )
I’m so excited.
Tonight I’ll be going to the PLAZA together with most of the people of my town to hear the town clock (RELOJ) strike twelve midnight (MEDIANOCHE). On each CAMPANADA (stroke of the bell) everybody in the PLAZA (town square) will pop an UVA (grape) into their BOCA (mouth) with such seriousness and ceremony that it is hilarious!
By the time there have been five or six CAMPANADAS (strokes of the bell), everyones BOCA (mouth) is brimming with UVAS (grapes), but the idea is to continue stuffing until all twelve UVAS (grapes) are eaten, synchronising with the CAMPANADAS (strokes of the bell). Only then will you have BUENA SUERTE (Good Luck) for the New Year (AÑO NUEVO) [Pronunciation: ANYO NOOAYBO]
I’ll be meeting up with lots of AMIGOS (friends) and people we know, we’ll open some ‘cava’ (Spanish sparkling wine typically used in celebrations and enjoy a toast (BRINDIS) for AÑO NUEVO (New Year).
Then there will be fireworks (FUEGOS ARTIFICIALES) [literally : fires artificials] and a FIESTA (party) with MÚSICA (music) for everyone.
I know it will be great fun, as I have been following this tradition for many years now!
Would you like to join me?
We are meeting in the PLAZA at 11.30, so get your UVAS ready and peeled to make it easier to guzzle them all. ¡BUENA SUERTE! Good Luck !
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UVA [Pronunciation: ooba] Grape
UVAS [Pronunciation: oobas] Grapes
NOCHE VIEJA New Year’s Eve. (Literally: Night Old)
PLAZA Town Square
PLAZA DEL RELOJ Clock Square (Literally: Square of the Clock)
CAMPANADA Stroke of the bell
BUENA SUERTE Good Luck
AÑO NUEVO (Pronunciation: ANYO NOOAYBO) New Year
BRINDIS A toast ( e.g. raising a glass of wine in celebration)
FUEGOS ARTIFICIALES Fireworks (literally : fires artificial)