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From grapes to lights for the new year

Posted by Paul Kandarian  December 21, 2012 12:54 PM

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A couple of interesting ways to ring in the new year can be had in Spain and Thailand. In spain, when the clock clangs midnight, the tradition is to eat 12 grapes, one with every bell toll, to bring luck for the 12 months ahead. At Hotel Arts Barcelona on New Year's Eve, they're honoring the tradition and hosting a dinner in Arts 41, overlooking the Mediterranean. Recently rated two-Michelin starred Enoteca restaurant, led by Chef Paco Perez, will transports its cuisine to the 41st floor. In addition to exclusive champagnes and wines, at the end, bottles of valuable Finca Dofi 2007 will be served for guests to dip their celebratory grapes in and wish each other a happy new year. For information, visit www.hotelartsbarcelona.com

In Thailand, when the clock strikes 12, lanterns and lights are cast off into the sky, a Thai tradition for good luck that is a symbol of worries being tossed away. The Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, is doing the tradition in a place overlooking the Andaman Sea. The midnight countdown is accompanied by fire fusion belly dancers combined with fire eating and traditional Thai tribal attire. Check it out at www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Reserve/Default.htm

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