English New Year
All over the world people celebrate the new year with their own traditions. People include traditions of religious celebrations, parades and costume parties with customs said to bring good luck and wealth in the new year. An English person celebrates the New Year from the evening of December 31st into January 1st. It is traditional in England to celebrate the end of the previous year and greeting in the new year at the end of December.
English new year is a combination of customs, traditions and cultures followed by the modern world. English people are very particular for their things or things that are related to their ancestors, therefore they do not forget to perform and practice their traditional ceremonies on the new years eve. A new years eve is beginning time to make serious commitments;
English people are confined to make new year resolutions that may include losing weight, a healthy lifestyle, job oriented or appraisal resolution. English people are known for their rich culture and diversity which makes the English new year the most popularly known traditional occasions across the world. The custom of exchanging gifts with each other, expressing their warm feelings of love and affection with lots of kisses and hugs is a common tradition practiced since ages.
Preparing traditional English meal is also an important custom practiced in every English family to ensure that wealth remains forever.
English New Year Traditions
More traditionally, on the knock of midnight, people open the back gate (to let the old year out) and ask the first dark haired man to be seen to come through the face door carrying salt, bread and coal. This means that the coming year everyone in the house will have sufficient to eat (bread), enough money (salt) and be warm enough (coal).
During the new year's eve, the streets and shops are beautifully decorated to give it a new festive look. Masses from all walks of life get together to greeting the new year with full of passion and spirits. English new year traditions are entirely different from other countries. English people celebrate new years with great pomp and splendor. For them, new year marks the beginning of a fresh start.
Therefore, rather than celebrating new year on December 31, January 1 is celebrated as new years in European countries. The tradition of sending gifts and warm invitation on new years is immensely getting popular all over the world but in British, the tradition of sending flowers, gifts, new year cards and cakes is a common new year tradition to wish each other a happy and prosperous new year.