Here in Barcelona, like all over the world, the New Year's Eve celebrations include fireworks, champagne (or here, Cava of course) and church bells ringing, but do you know about their other traditions? El Palauet explains a couple for you here...
At midnight in Spain and many other Spanish speaking countries, the tradition is to eat a grape with each ring of the bells on the stroke of twelve. The tradition of the twelve grapes is said to have come from the celebration of the particularly good grape harvest in 1909 which the wine producers wanted to repeat the next year. Eating the grapes is said to bring good luck though you have to get them all down before the twelve strikes of the clock are over! Have fun!
This tradition has two different parts, depending on what kind of luck you'd like for the following year. It's said that wearing new or yellow underwear to see in the New Year brings the wearer money and prosperity in the year to come. Wearing red underwear, however, will bring love and fertility. Which will you choose?
El Palauet Living Barcelona would like to wish you all a Happy New Year, Feliz Año Nuevo and Feliç Any Nou!