New Year’s Eve in Valencia

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Unlike in either of our home countries (Germany and the USA), New Year’s Eve isn’t an excuse for massive parties here in Spain. Most Spaniards celebrate the turning of the year, called Nochevieja, in their homes or restaurants. There are no public fireworks displays as the clock strikes midnight, at least here in Valencia.

But, that’s not to say that the holiday is without tradition. The Spanish custom is to eat grapes with the gongs of the bell. One grape for each bell. This is a tradition followed all throughout the country. And of course, cava (sparkling wine) will be consumed in large quantities throughout the night.

In Valencia, there will be people celebrating in the Plaza de Ayuntamiento at midnight, if you’re looking for a public place to go ring in the New Year. Just don’t forget to bring grapes!

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