Following on from the long Christmas break and school holidays, there are quite a few special days and events throughout the month of January in Great Britain.
New Year's Eve and New Year's Day
Throughout Great Britain you will find all kinds of celebrations on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. As the clock strikes midnight in London, Big Ben rings in the New Year. At that time, everyone in the street links arms and sing Auld Lang Syne while the party keeps going with singing, dancing, and fireworks.
New Year's Day Parade London, England
In London, on New Year's Day you will love the parade that and the "celebration of nations' that takes place starting at noon. Big Ben will strike the noon hour and the parade begins. The route starts at Parliament Square, and then heads to Whitehall, Trafalgar Square, Pall Mall, Regent Street, Piccadilly Circus and then finishes at Berkeley Street on Piccadilly. Throughout the day you can enjoy cheerleaders, musicians, performers, dancers and acrobats.
Hogmanay is a celebration in Scotland that begins at the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve and continues through New Year's Day. The main custom of the festival is known as first footing that begins at midnight. This custom involves being the first person to enter a friends or neighbors house and bringing a gift. A few of the gifts given include black bun, whisky, coal, shortbread, and in previous years salt. This custom was to bring good luck to the person visited.
Twelfth Night is celebrated through the United Kingdom. All Christmas decorations must be taken down by January 5th or bad luck will come to those in the home.
Twelfth Night Celebration in London England
The celebration is along the bank of the River Thames with the Holly Man appearing from the river. After this, the St. George play will be performed and at the end of the play all those present will be presented with a Twelfth Night Cake. Inside there may be a surprise bean that will allow a lucky couple be King and Queen for the day.
London International Mime Festival
The London International Mime Festival is held in January with events and performances held in many different venues across the capital.
The first Monday after Twelfth Night is Plough Monday throughout Great Britain, but usually in smaller communities. On this day, ploughmen or farmers blackened their faces as a disguise to pull a decorated plough along the streets of the village while reciting "Penny for the ploughboys."
Whittlesey Straw Bear Festival
Whittlesey Straw Bear Festival is actually part of Plough even though the Straw Bear is paraded through the streets of the town on the Saturday before Plough Monday. The festival includes a variety of music and folk dancing from across the United Kingdom.
Burns Supper is celebrated on January 25 to commemorate the life of the famous poet. Foods served include shortbreads, scones, and Dunlop cheese.
St. Dwynwen's Day
St. Dwynwen's Day is celebrated in Wales on January 25 to honor the patron saint of friendship and love.
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