A surplus grapes in the Alicante region of Spain is said to have lead to the tradition of eating this fruit at the stroke of midnight throughout the Hispanic world. The practice is to eat 12 grapes — one at each stoke of the clock which announces the midnight hour — on New Year’s Eve. Each grape represents a month of the year ahead, and the quality of each grape is suppose to represent the quality of month you should expect. So if your sixth grape is mushy and gross, then be prepared for hardships in June.
As I ate my twelve grapes in Mexico as the fireworks rocketed up into the sky, number eight was rotten, but number 12 was perfect and crisp. Therefore, as the tradition goes, my August 2012 should be a downer, but my fortunes should rise by December. Unfortunately, my poor wife’s grapes were all accidentally smushed in my pocket.