In Spain and across the world the change of the year is always a cause for celebration. Fireworks, parties, special performances and traditions play a huge part in new year celebrations. This year we won’t see the typical fireworks displays or gatherings but we are sure that the Spanish traditions will be upheld even in these times.
Although we aren’t able to travel and see loved ones or be with our friend groups as we usually would, it’s safe to say we are all eager to leave 2020 behind us and hoping for a happier and healthier 2021.
Here’s a bit more on what you can expect this new year’s eve in Spain and some more details on some timeless traditions…
Rules on New Year’s Eve Gatherings
Traditionally gatherings with friends and family are held to bring in the new year. This year will be different in that respect. The national government has banned large group celebrations, meaning that main squares and popular public places will be closed and guarded by police to avoid any crowding.
In terms of family celebrations, the limit remains at 6 people and will not change for new year’s eve. The number of households mixing is recommended as no more than two. This is a guideline that should be followed but is not a mandatory rule.
Lastly, remember that the curfew has been moved forward to 11pm. Yet, on the night of the 31st it is to be extended by 1 hour to allow people to travel home from small gatherings. Everyone must be home by midnight which makes it a very strange new year’s eve indeed, but after the year we have had, many are respecting the rules so we can get back to normality in 2021.
On top of this, remember the curfew! On new year’s eve the curfew will be extended by one hour allowing for people to travel home before midnight. Everyone must be home by midnight which makes it a very strange new year’s eve indeed, but after the year we have had, many are respecting the rules so we can get back to normality in 2021.
Upholding New Year’s Eve Traditions
While many usual traditions are limited or restricted, some still remain. Having dinner with a small group of friends or family is still permitted. What’s more, there are some peculiar superstitions to pay attention to.
12 Lucky Grapes – This is the most common new years eve tradition in Spain. You’ll need 12 grapes at the ready and on each chime of the clock at midnight you must eat one grape to bring luck for the year ahead. Each grape is supposed to represent each month.
Red Underwear – Another good luck charm, this time to do with romance! Spaniards traditionally wear some kind of red underwear on new year’s eve to bring in the new year and add to their already lucky grapes. Red is the color of life and love, so this is why they go for red!
Gold & Cava – It’s also a tradition to drop something gold into your glass of cava before the midnight toast. Gold wedding rings are most typical or gold coins too. Just make sure it’s in your glass at midnight and be sure to drink the whole glass (and not the gold object!). It’s a good luck charm once again and said to bring actual fortune in the year ahead.
Wishing you all a happy, healthy and successful 2021!