We all know about the twelve days of Christmas, but what’s all this about twelve grapes?
If TikTok’s ‘grape theory’ has taken over your FYP, then you’ve come to the right place.
It all started when former singleton Izzy Dwyer shared on TikTok how the only thing standing between her and true love was… grapes.
Izzy goes onto explain that last New Year’s Eve she tried out a new tradition with the fruit as the clock struck midnight on December 31.
‘I saw on TikTok that [eating the 12 grapes] it’s meant to bring you luck in your love life and I did it with three friends,’ she said.
‘One had a boyfriend and me and my other friend were single and now we’ve both in relationships now too.’
‘I guess you could say it had a 100% success rate.’
In the now-viral TikTok, Izzy can be seen tucking into the snack at the stroke of midnight, before revealing that just four months later, she found love with Josh, 22, from Hinge.
‘I don’t think he [my boyfriend] really believed the grape theory when I told him about it. He thinks it’s a nice idea but I don’t think he believes in it, but I do.’
To complete the ritual properly, you have to don red knickers and eat the grapes under a table — but according to Izzy, it’s OK if you forego part of the tradition. Her adjoining tables, for example, were ‘too low’, so she and friends ‘just ate them on the sofa and also wore red underwear’.
‘I would say to other single people to do the grape theory trend as you have nothing to lose, and what is the worst that can happen?’ the 19-year-old asked.
But where exactly does grape theory come from?
The custom originates from Spain, where the grapes are called ‘uvas de la suerte.’ This translates into ‘lucky grapes’ from Spanish.
One popular theory is that the custom came from Alicante in the early 1900s, with grape farmers reportedly thinking up the tradition to get rid of their surplus grapes.
Another theory is that the custom actually came from France, but was later popularised in Madrid.
Either way, the general premise is the same. If you eat twelve grapes, one for each month of the coming year, you’ll get good luck.
So be sure to pick up some grapes as part of your New Year’s Eve spread.
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