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Gen Zers claim ‘12 grapes’ custom as their own New Year’s Eve ritual

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Be careful what you wish for, Gen Z.

TikTokers have claimed to start yet another trend that — surprise! — already exists.

The 12-grapes trend is touted by Gen Z online as the way to ensure you find love in the new year. In theory, the person would sit under a table and eat 12 grapes mere minutes before the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve, wishing on each grape. By 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 1, all the grapes should be eaten.

The hashtag “#12grapes” has reached 1 billion views on the platform, with clips showing TikTokers demonstrating the tradition or preparing themselves to chow down on the fruit.

User @vaatsalya.c offered an explanation of its Hispanic origins, saying that the grapes are meant to symbolize each month of the year.

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TikTokers are preparing to hide under their tables on New Year’s Eve to chow down on some grapes.
TikTok / vaatsalya.c

“Apparently these are traditions that are very common in the Hispanic community,” she said in a clip with 1 million views before diving into how it can help wishful thinkers manifest love.

While some Spanish users were quick to correct some of her explanation, other people in the comments were eager to try out the tradition in a last-ditch effort for good luck.

“You’ll find me under the table on nye,” one user commented.

“You need to eat the grapes with every chime from 12:00 to 12:01, each is a wish for each month!! (Trust me I’m Mexican),” another corrected.

“The grape sales this week will be high,” someone else quipped.

Gen Zers are often quick to adopt popular trends — especially if they promise love and luck — and, in this case, without even verifying their origins.

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But not all TikTokers understand where the traditions come from — they’re just hoping to manifest some luck however they can.
TikTok / vaatsalya.c

In comments below other clips of users touting the superstition, people who weren’t familiar with the tradition’s origins asked what the 12 grapes are supposed to do, how they work and how to eat them so fast. Meanwhile, some were quick to adopt the New Year’s lore as their own.

“I don’t eat grapes though,” one user complained, adding a crying emoji.

“Do we need to finish all 12 grapes literally before 12am????” added another panicked poster.

“I AM SO GONNA DO THIS,” one person exclaimed.

Others quipped that there are too many different traditions for good fortune from which to choose.

To wit: Eating black-eyed peas is a Southern tradition that dates back to the Civil War, red underwear-sporting tradition comes from Italy, and running around the block with luggage comes from South America and is meant to manifest adventure in the new year. Supposedly, sitting under the table will bring the participant love, too.

But some commenters simply don’t want to take any chances on bad luck.

“Ya’ll, the pressure is getting worse,” TikToker @groovygranpa21 said in a clip with 5.3 million views. “I’m trying to figure out how to eat 12 grapes, eat a spoonful of black-eyed peas, a handful of greens with red underwear under the table, running … with luggage down the street in 60 seconds.”

“All while I’m at the club too,” quipped one commenter.

“The 12 grapes it’s a whole challenge on its own,” agreed another.

“Does it count if we put it all in a blender and down it like it’s a smoothie??!” joked someone else.

“Pick your priorities. I want to travel more than I want a relationship. I’m not wasting time sitting I’ll be out there running when the clock hits 12,” another wrote.

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