Happy New Year! Eating 12 grapes at midnight for luck is a tradition that TikTok is crushing hard

January 2, 2023

If you’re hoping for a little bit of good luck in the new year, there are plenty of foods that—according to a variety of globe-spanning traditions—will help ensure favorable circumstances, reports The Washington Post.

In Pennsylvania Dutch families, there sauerkraut is often served. Southerners will swear up and down by a dish of Hoppin’ John to bring a year’s worth of good vibes.

But this New Year’s Eve, many people are preparing to consume 12 grapes as the clock chimes 12 times at midnight—an old ritual with roots in Spain that is finding new life on TikTok.

Videos touting the superstition are circulating (the hashtag #12grapes has 11.5 million views), and in the remix-happy spirit of the social media platform, the practice of eating grapes is getting mashed up with a host of other good luck incantations. Some people are planning to eat their grapes while sitting under tables. Others are planning to wear red underwear, which is actually a part of the Spanish lore.

Some people have posted videos of the partners they claim to have snagged after participating in the ritual, as proof that it works. Others are offering tips on how to accomplish the feat of ingesting a dozen grapes in the span that it takes a clock to chime (small, seedless varieties are the best bet, apparently).

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