New Year

New Year

It's the day, in which we are happy to make new decisions . In Scotland and Northern England, the tradition of the first visit is cultivated during the New Year period. The first guest on the New Year should be a stranger, which will bring a piece of coal with him and put it in the fireplace. This ensures the well-being of the home and its inhabitants. The hosts offer him whiskey and bread or cake. The guest eats in concentration, and then gives the family members New Year's greetings.

In St Ives, Cornwall, Guise Dancers walk around their houses - in masks and wigs, who play short scenes in front of the hosts, for which they are served with wine, they receive gifts and small donations. The apple pyramids placed on this day symbolize happiness, fertility and immortality.

Before the New Year, toasts were raised elderberry wine, which was famous for its healing properties.