Christmas and New Years has come and gone and now we have started 2010 which I hope will prove to be an excellent year ahead both work-wise and in general. We had a rather mellow New Year’s eve which started at my Mom’s terrace at her place in Cancun. We popped some champagne and had some lovely appetizers and toasted the upcoming year with my Mom, Polo and Cesar.
We then went to Marakame https://ashlied.wordpress.com/2009/10/21/marakame-cafe/ to celebrate with my in-laws and we enjoyed a nice dinner. At midnight we toasted with a glass of bubbly and tried to eat the 12 grapes as each ring rang out of the new year but I have never been able to get them all down in time. 🙂 For those of you who are not familiar with this Mexican/Spanish tradition I will explain. Once it is midnight there are 12 rings that begin and each ring represents the upcoming months of the new year. The idea is that you must eat a grape per ring and make a wish for the upcoming year. Wherever you go for New Years in Mexico you are always given a small bag of grapes to be able to carry out this tradition and I have never been able to get them all down in time. Imagine trying to stuff 12 grapes into your mouth in 12 seconds and think of a wish? There are many versions about why and when this tradition was started. One of the versions is that one year there was a large grape harvest in Spain so the King decided to give away grapes to all his subjects. Another version states that around 1909 in Alicante there was a bumper crop of grapes and farmers feared that they would be left with too many grapes that would spoil so an enterprising individual came up with the idea of 12 grapes at New Years so that they could sell all their inventory. Whichever story is true it has become an amusing way to bring in the new year in many latin countries. I think I managed to get 6 grapes down this year. 🙂
After midnight we enjoyed another drink or two and made our way home as I had been battling another cold and I was still feeling rather out of sorts so we decided to call it an early night. Here’s wishing everyone a great 2010!