Wednesday, December 31, 2008

12 ~ Happy New Year!

Tonight people the world over are celebrating the ending of 2008 and the beginning of 2009. Here in Canary Islands midnight arrives an hour later than it does in Madrid but we share the hour with London, England.

A charming Spanish custom at this time is eating the Uvas de la Suerte or twelve grapes of luck which must be eaten, one at a time, on each stroke of the clock at midnight. In Madrid's Puerta del Sol, or Gateway of the Sun, enormous crowds gather to drink champagne and partake of the Uvas de la Suerte while watching the clock strike midnight.

Here in Canarias the televised version of the Canary midnight celebration will be held in Adeje, in the south of Tenerife.

Next two photos: Midnight in Madrid and Feliz 2009 from Adeje, Tenerife, taken from TVE television. The fireworks as I caught them while watching from my garden:

midnight in Madrid
feliz 2009
Happy New Year everyone!

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