New year’s eve in Barcelona

The night of the 31st december, the streets in the centre of Barcelona fill up with revellers on New Year’s Eve, as tourists and locals mill around on the hunt for the celebrations. The most popular places are Las Ramblas, Plaça Catalunya and Plaça Reial .

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A typical tradition on New Year’s Eve in Spain is to eat 12 grapes at midnight, one on each chime of the clock. There’s a Catalan saying “eating grapes on New Year’s Eve will bring you money all year round”.This tradition is just over a hundred years old.

The grape harvest in 1909 produced a surplus and that encouraged people to eat them as they bid farewell to the old year. Before then, though, it’s clear some people observed the custom of eating grapes in Puerta del Sol. Overproduction helped to popularise it and later it became established, thanks to TV broadcasts of the twelve chimes.

In Barcelona, thousands of people head to Plaça Catalunya to do this. And after you can go to one of the thousands of New Year’s eve parties that you will find in the city.

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