New Year in the UK 2019
New Year in United Kingdom is celebrated on January 1, the first day of the first month as per the Gregorian Calendar. This day was officially declared as New Year’s Day in 1752. It is the time to ring out the old year and bring the new one by merry making
New Year Traditions in Britain
In England, when the time comes, most First Nations people in Scotland and Northern Ireland are in the habit of first footing : the first person to enter the house will determine how lucky the New Year will be for the whole family. This first footer must be generally a tall man and well dressed. At midnight, he enters the house and places a piece of charcoal in the fire, bread on the table and fills the glass of the head of the family with whiskey. No one should talk to him until he has done these three tasks and he has not wished “happy new year” to the whole family. He then comes out through the back door.
In Wales, we open the back door at the first stroke of midnight to kick off the year that has just passed. We then close it to keep the chance inside the house and then open the door to welcome the new year!
New Year Celebrations in Britain
Apart from parties and meals, another important part of New Year celebrations in UK is the biggest New Year parade. The parade starts at noon walking down the streets via Whitehall, Pall Mall and finishing in Berkley square. Musicians, dancers, acrobats, march, drums and other entertainers do a splendid job to make the event most distinguished one. Everyone present at the Berkley is openly invited to join the carnival and enjoy the festive occasion.