5.12.07

Red underwear and grapes, symbols of good luck

Spain is a country with ancient traditions. Not only flamenco and bulls make the cultural frame of our country. Maybe for some of you this is funny, but we used to wear red underwear in New Year's Eve. This tradition date back to Middle Ages, when it was not allowed wearing red garments. The reason why red was forbidden was that this colour was associated with blood, devil and witchcraft. However, people wore red garments anyway, believing that in the dark winter, red garments were a symbol of life. As red garments were not allowed, they wore it under their clothes, trying to avoid the major punishment - the gallows-.

I suggested you to take this funny habit. The panties and bra are from Chantelle at Harrods.


In the other hand, New Year's Eve night is hard also in the gastronomic sense. After having a dinner, in most of the cases of at least three courses, plus desserts, you have to eat 12 grapes, in the last 12 seconds of the year finishing. It's kind of funny, because normally at the beginning is ok, but eventually, some of your relatives make you laugh because they have their mouth absolutely full of grapes, so you start laughing, and then, you are dead. You can't eat properly any more. It is believed that each grape represents one month, and you'll attract the good luck in the year starting, but this happens only if you manage to eat each grape in each second, so at 12:oo you have your mouth full of grapes, but you don't have any in your plate. It's a really hard work!




*Pics from Harrods and google

16 comments:

The Clothes Horse said...

My sister and I don't drink, so sometimes we toast grapes to each other.
Oh, and yes I managed to get up and to all my classes today. But I'm a rather chronic insomniac...

riz said...

wow, thanks for explaining this, it's very interesting. don't know if I'll be trying the grape challende though. I really need to up my lingerie standards...

coco said...

interesting post
im actually so craving grapes now i havent had any for ages hahaha

Tinsley said...

Haha, I love this post. The grape thing is quite interesting - what a coincidence though, me and my friends were trying to see how many grapes we could fit into our mouth and i fit twelve!

In Yr Fshn said...

I've never heard of the grape tradition, but am now concerned for all the potential grape chokings on the big day!

Heather said...

I love the red underwear tradition!

Emma said...

thats cool i didn't know that love the bra-/-undies the grapes look yummy 2 lol

gilda said...

ooh those undies are very sexy.

and i love grapes too.

altamiranyc said...

What an informative and educational post. I never knew such a traditions existed in Spain, despite having been to Barcelona in March. Thanks

Janine said...

Just like the Chinese, they also wear red dress during New Year which they also believe as a symbol of good luck. 12 grapes in 12 seconds, seems hard to do and eating this in front of your relatives which for sure will say jokes to make you laugh. It's a really nice tradition and didn't know it until I read your blog. - juicy coutour

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well I don't care if this is a new year habit, to me is enough good luck if my wife wear something like that underwear to me in that date jajajaja, mmmm some grapes could be included.