There will be New Year’s Eve celebrations throughout Tenerife this year like any other, but different to all others we’ve experienced. There will be music and dancing for sure, but at home rather than in the plaza, and the champagne and lucky grapes, eaten one per chime of the countdown, will be consumed in groups of no more than six from just three households. And apart from the too-nosey issue of who’s going to be wearing red knickers (another tradition to bring luck), one other question that is already being asked is whether there’ll be fireworks! That one I can at least answer easily, but without clarity: I don’t know.
Some councils seem to be going ahead with some displays, but on a much smaller scale than usual, while many others have actually just cancelled their whole Christmas programmes. And of course we couldn’t go to a display anyway because crowd events are completely banned right now. Best this year, perhaps, just to look at the sky as we clink our glasses of cava to see what may be seen, and celebrate being here to do so!
The vast majority of people will certainly be welcoming in 2021 in front of their televisions, and this year La1 will be broadcasting the national midnight chimes from the Puerta del Sol in central Madrid at 11pm our time but without the crowds that are such a familiar sight there, followed one hour later by the live transmission to the whole of Spain of the New Year’s arrival in Santa Cruz, and Telecinco will do the same but from Playa de las Canteras in Gran Canaria.
Wherever and however you’re celebrating, I hope 2021 will begin on a happier note of hope for us all, and I suspect that apart from the overwhelming delight most of us will feel at saying goodbye (and good riddance) to 2020, many of us will feel emotional at having survived it in one piece. Onwards and sideways, perhaps, but a Happy New Year to you all, may 2021 be as good as it’s possible for it to be, and may we all be here to welcome in its successor in a year’s time!