12 Grapes for 12 Months: An Unusual New Year’s Tradition

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

Across the world, many cultures have specific traditions to celebrate the transition from the old year to the new. In the U.S. and Canada, we associate New Year’s with the ball in Times Square, kissing at the stroke of midnight, resolutions, and singing “Old Lang Syne.” But for many Spanish-speaking countries, one of the key traditions has to do with eating grapes as fast as possible.

The “twelve grapes” tradition comes from Spain, where it is called las doce uvas de la suerte (“The Twelve Lucky Grapes”). To ensure good luck for the next year, people eat one green grape for each of the upcoming twelve months. However, you cannot just eat the grapes during the first day of the new year any time you feel like it. You must eat the twelve grapes starting at the first stroke of midnight on Nochevieja (“Old Night,” New Year’s Eve) as one year changes to another. And you have to keep eating: with each toll of midnight, you must eat another grape, giving you about twelve seconds to consume all of them. If you can finish all dozen grapes—you can’t still be chewing on them!—before the last bell toll fades, you will have a luck-filled new year.

Where did this tradition come from? No one is certain, although it appears to be more than a century old. One story about the Twelve Lucky Grapes is that a large crop of grapes in 1909 in Alicante, Spain led to the growers seeking out a creative way to eliminate their surplus. But recent research through old newspapers shows that perhaps the tradition goes back almost thirty years earlier to the 1880s, where eating grapes was meant to mock the upper classes who were imitating the French tradition of dining on grapes and drinking champagne on New Year’s Eve.

It can be difficult to consume grapes this fast, and the lucky grapes of New Year’s Eve have seeds in them, making the job even trickier. (Seedless grapes are not common in Spain the way they are over here.) For people to manage eating all the grapes before the last stroke of midnight requires swallowing the seeds as well and only taking a single bite of each grape.

Oh, there is one more twist to the tradition: you have to be wearing red undergarments, and they have to be given to you as a gift. The origins of this part of the tradition are even more mysterious, and it’s anybody’s guess why this started.

Whether you go for the grape challenge or find another way to ring in New Year’s, all of us at Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) hope you have a great start to the year and a, uhm, fruitful 2015.

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24/7 Holiday Plumbing Service in the Orlando Area

Friday, December 14th, 2012

Emergency Plumbing Services | Orlando | Modern Plumbing Industries Inc. The Holidays are the worst time to experience a plumbing emergency. From a clogged garbage disposal to a backed-up toilette, no one wants to deal with these issues when family has gathered around to celebrate. Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) of Winter Springs, FL is here to help with all of your emergency plumbing needs. Our expert team of plumbers have been serving the Orlando area since 1975.

Whatever your plumbing needs give MPI a call. We service kitchen and bathroom plumbing, water heaters, water treatment systems, drain and sewers and garbage disposals. Call MPI for tips on how to avoid plumbing disasters over the holidays. You should schedule a maintenance visit to find out if your water heater is equipped to provide hot water for extra showers, make sure your garbage disposal is in tip top shape for those large holiday meals, and ensure that your entire plumbing systems is working efficiently.

Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. the Orlando Area’s 24/7 Emergency Plumber

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving | Orlando | Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc.The team at Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) would like to wish you a very happy Thanksgiving! The holidays are a wonderful time to enjoy family, friends and to share delicious meals with the ones you love.

As wonderful as big family meals are, those holiday meals also often lead to clogged drains and garbage disposals. At MPI we offer drain cleaning, video camera inspection, garbage disposal repair as well as services for all of your kitchen and bathroom plumbing needs. We are available for 24/7 emergency service to fix your plumbing issues quickly and return your family to your holiday fun!

Here are some tips to keep your drains and garbage disposal running well throughout the holiday season:
Feed your garbage disposal a little at a time
Run cold water while you use your garbage disposal
Avoid putting potato and potato peels down your garbage disposal
Keep your garbage disposal clean and well maintained
Never put liquid grease down your drains

 

If you do experience drain issues in the Orlando or Winter Springs area give MPI a call. We offer 24/7 emergency plumbing service even over the holidays. Check out our promotions and service areas for more information!

 

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