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Eating 12 grapes at midnight, Spain

The Spanish kick off their New Year’s health resolution by eating 12 grapes at midnight. But it’s harder than it sounds – because you have to eat one grape each time the bell tolls. It’s said that if you’re successful, you’ll have a year of prosperity. The best place to experience the so-called Twelve Grapes ritual is the Puerta del Sol in Madrid, where crowds have 12 grapes in one hand and a glass of cava in the other. [Photo: Flickr/Chris Oakley]

How New Year's Eve is celebrated around the world

Ellie Ross

We all have our own New Year’s Eve traditions. For some it may be watching the local fireworks display and toasting the year ahead, while for others it’s simply staying up until 12.01am to see in the new year.

But, around the world there are a whole host of weird and wonderful traditions that help different countries ring in the new year.

From plate smashing to bread banging, this is how the rest of the world celebrates New Year’s Eve.

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