Happy New Year

New Year Fireworks in Santa Cruz de la Palma
New Year Fireworks in Santa Cruz de la Palma

New year is a big thing in Spain. Many people dress up – I mean really dress up, as though they were going to the opera at Covent Garden. Traditionally, lots of people eat out, although I suspect there’ll be less of that this year. At midnight, people traditionally eat one grape for each “boing” of the clock. If you manage all twelve on schedule, it’s supposed to bring good luck, or prosperity, or something. (It usually gives me indigestion.) People drink champagne, and every town hall on the island lets off fireworks.

I hope you had a good time last night, and I hope 2013 brings you whatever you most hope for.

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