A couple of days ago Catarina at A Portuguese Affair shared Portugal’s New Year traditions, and I thought as we are not there this year maybe (if I am still awake at midnight!) I’ll follow the first two she mentions. If you wish to discover what the first is however then you will have to visit Catarina’s wonderful blog, but the second I will share here as it is one I have heard of before.
Eating 12 raisins at midnight, one at each strike of the clock.
Apparently in some areas it is traditional to wear blue whilst you eat them, and also to make a wish for each raisin swallowed. The tricky part of course is at the beginning when you don’t have much time between the ‘bongs’, especially if you are sipping champagne after each one! Will you dare try?
And if you are wondering about the pots and pans in my title, well they are another Portuguese tradition. They will help you ward off the evil spirits. Just bang a few outside after you have eaten your raisins, alternatively why not enjoy the fireworks instead. I’m sure they will be louder and much prettier than your saucepans!