We wanted to celebrate the entry to the new year at our home countries as well. That's why we started our celebration at 6pm via Skype. My friends were celebrating it in Barcelona, and the new year started there when it was 6pm in New York. Danny and I were on the other side of the screen eating the twelve grapes with the countdown, as it's the tradition in Spain.
Yes, I know it sounds weird. But that's what we do and I would feel really bad if I didn't! Let Wikipedia help me explain:
We heard the beats of the bell through Skype and had the grapes at the same time with my friends. After the countdown, we tried to have a toast with Catalan champagne online. It was original and a lot of fun!
"The tradition consists in eating a grape with each bell strike at midnight of December 31. According to the tradition, that leads to a year of prosperity. In some areas, it is believed that the tradition wards away witches and general evil. Each grape is eaten with each beat of the bell.
The twelve grapes are linked to the Puerta del Sol tower clock, where this tradition started and from where the change of year is always broadcast." Read the full story here: link.
One hour later, it was time for the Scottish countdown (that's where Danny comes from, and that's why he was wearing the kilt.) We also called his friends via Skype and did it their way. It was fun to have it again, and it's a way to feel more connected to your country on such a special date!
Finally, we had our friends who were in NY come to our place and celebrated the American New Years at 12pm. Since we had started celebrating so early, we were done quite early, but we had enjoyed so much that we did not care!
Let me tell you, though, that cleaning the apartment wasn't that much fun... But it was nice to enter the new year surrounded by nice people at home in NY even if we are far away from our home lands!
I hope everyone enjoyed the night and now time to start once again at Berkeley (I'm very excited for the new subjects!) with new projects in mind. Also, do keep your new years resolution in mind at least for a few months! It will be fun to see how many new people come to the gym for the next days!
See you soon, and again, HAPPY 2012!