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In 1909 winegrowers in Murcia and Alicante, on the eastern coast of Spain, had an unusually large harvest of white grapes. Quick, they must find a way to dispose of the ruinous surplus! Aha, why not tell the (gullible) people that eating grapes as the clock ticktocked away the last twelve seconds of the old year would bring prosperity in the New? The lie worked--to this day! Folks fell for it hook, line and sinker.
If you’re planning on joining the New Year fiestas (the “pre-uvas” on the 30th of December, and the “campanadas” on 31stDecember-1st January) in Puerta del Sol, Madrid, you’d better double check on the ways and means of getting there before setting out. Read on!
In 1909 the Spanish winegrowers had such a bountiful harvest there was an excess of supply over demand. They had to think of a way to dispose of the surplus. They told the people eating a grape with each stroke of the clock toward the magic hour will bring prosperity throughout the new year. If, on the other hand, you don't join the ritual, you're cursed.That sent people scrambling to buy the grapes!
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