Happy New Year, everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful time ringing in the New Year with your loved ones close by.
Mr. C and I celebrated with hundreds of people, both Valencianos and expats, in the Plaça de L’ajuntament. To my understanding, this was the first year Valencia held a celebration like this. They had a DJ on the main balcony of city hall and a coordinated laser light show over the plaza. Apparently, the city wanted to do fireworks, but couldn’t because of terrorist threats in other parts of Europe. (Threats take the fun out of everything.) However, the light show was pretty awesome, and if I am honest, I prefer light shows to fireworks anyway.
Oddly, there was no countdown to the New Year. Instead, once the clock struck twelve, they had a countdown on the screen for everyone to eat their grapes. Spain, along with many Latin countries, has a fun tradition of eating 12 grapes for good luck. They eat one grape for each clock chime, which represents a month of the New Year. Also, no New Year’s celebration is complete without a great confetti canon!
The best part of the evening… it wasn’t cold! Growing up in the United States Midwest, you never have a warm New Year’s; therefore, it was a little strange being outside in a leather jacket and wanting to take it off.
Overall, it was a great night spent celebrating the New Year with friends and hundreds of strangers.
Adventure Lesson Learned: A confetti canon is always a good idea.
What did you do to ring in the New Year? Any fun traditions?
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