SINGAPORE — If you have been down on your luck this year, it seems there is a way to turn it around for 2024.
That is if you believe, as the Spanish do, that eating 12 grapes as the clock strikes 12 on New Year’s Eve may bring you good luck for the coming year.
Why 12 grapes? Each grape apparently represents a wish for each month of the new year, and this tradition, which trended on TikTok last year, is making a return as 2023 draws to a close.
As of Wednesday (Dec 13), the hashtag “#12grapes” has reached more than 57 million views, up from the 11.5 million views reported by The Washington Post in December last year.
Though the 12 grapes tradition originated from Spain, the trend has now become popular in Brazil, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Some TikTok users who tried it last year have posted glowing reviews of its effectiveness in bringing them luck, such as snagging dream partners and careers, among others.
Singaporean TikTok user “inajeffyy” attested to this. Out of the 12 wishes he made, 10 came true, he said in a video, which shows him eating grapes under a table.
“2023 has been the best year of my life,” the TikToker added.
“From content creation to modelling to going to events to meeting the coolest of people to dancing with the coolest of people.”
Although he is not sure that the grapes can take credit for his exceptional year, he said that the act of eating those grapes gave him a subconscious push to “show up” for himself.
@inajeffyy EAT THEM GRAPES OKAY I got 10/12 of my manifestations so im gonna WAT THE 12 GRAPE this year #12grapes #newyear ♬ original sound – jeff