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New Years Eve in Spain

Every country in the world has its own customs, traditions and rituals for this special night. We want to present a typical New Year’s Eve in Spain. The most widespread tradition of the Nochevieja in Spain, is the one of the 12 grapes. It is believed that its origin dates back to 1909 when a few growers from Alicante began to dispose of surplus crops. This custom consists in eating one grape with every stroke which gives the clock at the Puerta del Sol in Madrid, at 12pm on December 31st. It is said that the person who doesn’t finish the grapes will have a year of bad luck. For some years this tradition is accompanied with another, wearing red underwear to double your luck for the new year. After welcoming the new year it is usual to party at pubs or clubs with its Cotillones de Nochevieja (parties supplies like confetti, balloons, hats,…). Parties usually last until the next morning and end with the traditional New Years breakfast of hot chocolate and churros (fried pastry). As mandated by another New Year’s Eve tradition, we welcome the new year with a proverb: “If life gives you a thousand reasons to mourn, show that you have a thousand and one reason to dream. Make your life a dream and your dream a reality. Happy New Year!!!” The team of the Hotel Vistabella.