Square Sky 29: Happy New Year!

Let’s end the Square Sky December challenge with a bang, not a whimper. Fireworks for New Year’s Eve! (I’m sure other people will have the same idea.)

Huge thanks are due to Becky for organising and hosting this challenge. I found it “challenging” enough to source and schedule my own photos, I can’t imagine also visiting and linking to everyone else’s!

Here is a recap of all my Square Sky photos. It includes some bonus ones that I uploaded but didn’t post, included here to make the columns even.


Random Fridays: The 12 grapes of New Year’s Eve

New Year's Eve and the 12 grapes of luck.

New Year’s Eve and the 12 grapes of luck.

Two years ago, my parents and I saw in the New Year at the Gran Hotel Ancira, in Monterrey, Mexico. It was a sit-down dinner event with a live band and dancing. We were puzzled by the grapes on the table — each place had a wine glass with 12 grapes. Our Mexican table mates explained that it was a tradition to eat the grapes at midnight, and for each grape you had to make a wish. In Spanish, it’s called Las doce uvas de la suerte, “The twelve grapes of luck”. I’ve read that you are meant to eat one grape on each stroke of midnight, but these grapes were huge! We’d have choked trying to eat them so quickly.

Happy 2016 to everyone! May your own 12 wishes be granted.