Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Years from Spain!

I'm so happy to be in Spain for New Years because that means I'm able to celebrate it with my boyfriend, Chris who lives here in Segovia. I did a little research and based on what I've been told, this is a summary of how the Spanish bring in the New Year:

"Like most festivals in Spain, New Year's Eve, known as "Nochevieja" is usually a family affair which takes place at home. Until midnight people tend to stay at home and on the stroke of midnight it is traditional to eat 12 grapes, one on each stroke of the clock to bring good luck for the New Year. This tradition began when after a particularly big grape harvest the king of Spain decided to give everybody grapes to eat on New Year's Eve.

It is traditional to listen to the clock from Puerta del Sol in Madrid, usually via the television. Even young people won’t go out with their friends until they have seen the New Year in with their families. Throughout the country there are street parties and special nights in hotels and clubs everywhere."

-via Eye on Spain

The Puerta del Sol in Madrid on Nochevieja
image via Monsters and Critics

Chris and I picked up some grapes at the grocery store last night, and I accidentally ate a few not realizing they were for New Years, but we should have enough for both of us to have 12. Since our families are not here we are having a little potluck at one of his friends apartment until 12, after which we'll go out and celebrate some more.

via Nuevo Estilo

via Mi casa


urban flea said...

so jealous you're in spain! happy new year!

xo katherine aka. urban flea :)

Raru said...

Lovely. Enjoy your time in Spain and Happy New Year :)))


Rdekko said...

Happy New Year. I wish you to meet anything you wished for. 2010-2020 to be super creative!

Kristin said...

There's something about that candelabra in the final images that I simply adore! and Happy New Year! I hope you had a great time celebrating it in Spain!

Di Overton said...

Happy New Decade. May all your hopes, wishes and dreams come true.
Much Love
Di (Designers Block)

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It’s nice to spend the New Years Eve with your family. Here at our place getting together on the New Years Eve and having a party with the family is like a tradition. I hope you all have a great and wonderful new year with your family.

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Wow! The table settings, the glass ware is just absolutely beautiful and the chandler is stunning...


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