Photo Story: Madrid prepares for New Year’s Eve

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Master Clockmaker of the Puerta del Sol, Jesus Lopez checks out a clock’s operating machinery in Madrid, Spain, on Monday 16 December 2019. The exercise was made to ensure the clock bell will ring on 31 December to welcome the 2020.

Dozens of people gather every year at Puerta del Sol to eat the traditional 12 grapes to the sound of twelve strokes at midnight, saying goodbye to the last year and to welcome the new one.

Photo: EPA-EFE/JUAN CARLOS HIDALGO

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