Parades and Parties

@RasmaSandra (13379)
Riga, Latvia
December 7, 2017 2:08pm CST
Dubrovnik, Croatia New Year’s Eve here means quieter and more intimate celebrations. Residents usually go down Stradun, the main street and fill-up the restaurants and bars. For those with money to spend the best place to go for great meals are the luxury hotels. Here you can have an enjoyable celebration without the over-crowded and noisy celebrations going on in Zagreb or Split. Madrid, Spain In Madrid Noche Vieja is celebrated with great joviality and involves a great feast, plenty of wine and a most unusual tradition of having to eat 12 grapes just as the clock chimes midnight. For this reason supermarkets stock up on seedless grapes which are pre-packed in dozens just for this reason. Thousands of people fill Puerta del Sol but the crowds can get a bit unruly. There are parties going on in clubs and bars starting right at midnight but the cost of the tickets can be high and should be purchased ahead of time. Paris, France Happy throngs flow out along the Champs-Elysees where everyone can see the Eiffel Tower midnight lights while firecrackers go off. Nightclubs and restaurants hold high-class parties. On New Year’s Day you can see the Grande Parade de Paris with floats, bands and dancers. Prague, The Czech Republic Now the residents of Prague have a most interesting way of celebrating Silvestr with crowds of Euro-revellers filling the streets. A great deal of the best celebrating can be found on Wenceslas Square and Old Town Square. However you must be careful when fireworks begin to be thrown in great abandon and champagne bottles tend to be smashed. Perhaps wearing a hard hat is in order here.
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@JohnRoberts (40886)
• Los Angeles, California
7 Dec
The New Year's celebration I wish I could witness in person is the Sydney bridge in Australia.
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@RasmaSandra (13379)
• Riga, Latvia
8 Dec
I have seen the videos taken of this on YouTube and it is spectacular @JohnRoberts in person it would be awesome.
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@Kandae11 (26790)
8 Dec
Can't believe it is less than a month away.
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@cahaya1983 (9415)
• Malaysia
7 Dec
Out of he four, I only visited Paris. I've seen pictures of Dubrovnik, it's really beautiful. I'd love to visit someday!
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• Derby, England
7 Dec
In London they put the prices up really high to eat out but th fireworks are great over the river Thames
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@Daelii (2016)
• United States
8 Dec
that is neat about the 12 grapes. why/how did that become an area tradition??
@RasmaSandra (13379)
• Riga, Latvia
8 Dec
@Daelij your answer is here
Eating 12 grapes at midnight on New Year’s Eve is both a tradition and a superstition in Spain. Rare is the Spaniard who will risk poisoning their fate for the coming year by skipping the grapes, one for each stroke of midnight. Here's an explanation of th
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@Daelii (2016)
• United States
8 Dec
@RasmaSandra thanks! I'll go check that out!
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