Five Spanish New Year traditions

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Don't forget your grapes!

Get into the swing of New Year’s Eve by following these Spanish traditions to welcome in 2017.

The most popular tradition in Spain by far is the eating of 12 grapes. On the stroke of midnight, you have to eat one grape for every bell ring.

Those who succeed will have good fortune for the following year.

Champagne or cava is a must: the arrival of the New Year must be toasted with a glass of either one of the two.

For people looking for a bit of luck, they can put a gold object in their glass and finish their drink after the toast, taking care not to swallow the object of course.

Anyone searching for love in 2017 may want to follow the tradition of wearing red underwear on New Year’s Eve. It is said to bring good fortune and passion in to your life.

Finally, welcoming in the New Year with money in your shoe is another popular tradition, said to bring wealth for the year.  

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