Happy New Year from La Palma

Fireworks in Santa Cruz de la Palma, New year, 2010
Fireworks in Santa Cruz de la Palma

Santa Cruz de la Palma, Los Llanos, and most big villages will have a public dance to celebrate new year. In some cases, that blocks the traffic. For example, Santa Cruz’s main road along the sea front will be shutting. (If you need to get through, use the bypass inland.) Many people dress up – I mean really dress up, as though they were going to the opera at Covent Garden. At midnight, people traditionally eat one grape for each “boing” of the clock. If you manage all twelve on schedule, it’s supposed to bring good luck, or prosperity, or something. (It usually gives me indigestion.) People drink champagne, and every town hall on the island lets off fireworks.

We’ll be partying at home, and enjoying the fireworks from the balcony.

I hope 2012 brings all my readers whatever they most wish for. It should finally bring my first e-book to market – “The Dodo Dragons and Other Stories” followed by “A breathtaking Window on the Universe: a guide to the Roque de Los Muchachos observatory”

Happy New Year!

Posted by sheila

Sheila came to La Palma with a six month contract and has stayed 24 years so far. She used to work as a software engineer at the observatory, but now she's a writer and Starlight guide.

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