Revellers in Madrid get ready for tonight’s celebrations to bring in the new year. Millions of Europeans will be partying into the early hours but, for every successful bash, there’s lots of behind the scenes preparations.
While sparkling wine and being dressed for the part are compulsory, in Spain, its tradition to eat one grape for every chime of the clock into the new year. Millions of kilos of grapes will be eaten tonight.
In Vienna, the authorities are expecting hundreds of thousands to come to the city centre where eleven stages are being set up. All kinds of music will be performed with free dance lessons and karaoke opportunities.
For Austrians, the good luck charm comes not in the form of a grape but in the shape of a pig.
In Paris, its more a question of setting up the appropriate security. Every year the young and not so young enjoy a little too much of a festive tipple.
This year over 8,000 police officers will be on the streets of Paris just to make sure the evening goes with a swing rather then becoming a drunken brawl.
But for most it will be a good natured chance to say goodbye to the noughties and hello the next decade.
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