Friday, December 31, 2010

All ready for the new year

There are some rituals which must be followed when starting a new year. And even if you are not a superstitious person, you will probably do it... just in case. In Spain we start every new year with a mouth full of grapes, because as the tradition says, when the clock strikes twelve at midnight, you have to eat 12 grapes, one for each stroke.

Berlin people are not that delicate. They also have a ritual to follow but instead of eating grapes, this is what they do.

Pfannkuchen für Silvester

But don't worry, the tradition doesn't say that you have to eat one Pfannkuchen, aka donut, with each stroke. Is there any special tradition or ritual that you follow?

Happy New Year!


  1. Haha! Happy New Year, Noema. Well, to suggest just a few: Most people would hear the queen's new year's speech broadcasted on national television form 18.00-18.10 - and then eat afterwards, so everybody makes sure to be in their best dress or tuxedo by 17.59 as well as people jump down off a chair when the clock strikes midnight having their heads full of champagne and 'kransekage' (marzipan cake):)

  2. Happy New Year for you too, Henriette!
    In Spain, the King gives his speech on Christmas Eve and well, I don't think everyone is that worried about the dress code! And I'm not sure if many folks pay any attention to it anyway! But I'm pretty sure that champagne or any sparkling wine is perhaps a universal thing.
    Crazy rituals everywhere, aren't they?