Tuesday, December 28, 2010

New Year's Eve in Madrid

The main New Year's celebrations in Madrid take place in Puerta del Sol, where madrileños congregate outside the Casa de Correos (the building with the clock tower) to see in the New Year. If you decide to go along, don't forget to bring a bunch of grapes, as at the stoke of midnight Spanish tradition dictates that one should eat twelve grapes to bring luck for the coming year. However, you musn't swallow them until you have all twelve grapes in your mouth. This might take a bit of practice! After everyone's eaten their grapes, the real party kicks off with lots of fireworks and light shows. We must warn you that it does get very packed out at Sol and things get a little crazy at midnight!

Nochevieja in Madrid

If you want to see more about how Madrid prepares for New Year's Eve, we've found an interesting little video in Spanish about getting the clock on the Casa de Correos ready for the big night.

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