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British Life & Culture

Special Events & Celebrations

by Mandy Barrow

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British Special Days January 2013
Holidays in the UK

Facts and Sayings about January | Interactive Calendars

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New year celebrations in Scotland.

New Years Day info

1 Jan
New Years Day
Bank Holiday / Public Holiday
Extra day when New Years Days falls at a weekend.
1 Jan

The New Year's Day Parade London

image: new years paradeMore than 10,000 dancers, acrobats, cheerleaders, musicians and performers assemble in the heart of the city for a "celebration of nations." Starting as Big Ben strikes 12 Noon, the Parade takes the following route:
Parliament Square, Whitehall, Trafalgar Square, Pall Mall, Regent Street, Piccadilly Circus and then up to the junction of Berkeley Street on Piccadilly.

1 Jan
Bank Holiday (Scotland Only) 2 Jan
Handsel Monday
The first Monday of the new year, when handsels or presents were given to servants, children, etc. Now replaced by Boxing Day.
7 Jan
Twelfth Night (Christian)
Christian observance of the close of Christmastide. Christmas decorations are taken down on 5th January (Twelfth Night)
5 Jan
Epiphany (Twelfth Day) (Christian Festival)
The Epiphany honours the arrival of the Magi (three wise men) and the first public presentation of the Baby Jesus.
6 Jan

image: Holly manTwelfth Night Celebrations London
Twelfth Night is an annual seasonal celebration held on the Bankside by Shakespeare's Globe, in London. It is a celebration of the New Year, mixing ancient Midwinter seasonal customs with contemporary festivity

Chinese New Year
This is the first day in the Year of the dragon.
Kung Hei Fat Choy means Happy New Year in Chinese language. Chinese New Year is popularly called the Spring Festival, and the festivities last for 15 days. It is also referred to as the lunar new year because it starts with the new moon on the first day of the new year and ends with the full moon 15 days later.
10 Feb
Plough Monday
Plough Monday traditionally marked the beginning of the new agricultural year.
7 Jan
image: strawStraw Bear Festival
At Whittlesey, on the weekend following Plough Monday the first Monday after Twelfth Night, a straw bear is paraded around the town attended by a host of dancers and musician from all over the country. The bear is a man covered from head to foot in a straw costume which weighs 30 kg!

London International Mime Festival
The London International Mime Festival, founded in 1977, is the largest event of its kind in the world. Artists perform in a number of venues across the capital including the South Bank Centre, Royal Opera House and the ICA, attracting an annual audience of around 16,000 people.

Burn's Night
The birthday of Scotland's most famous poet, Robert Burns (1759-1796), celebrated with great festivity by the Scots. Burns Suppers are traditional celebrations on this day.
25 Jan
St. Dwynwen's Day - Welsh patron saint of lovers
St Dwynwen's day is celebrated in Wales and commemorates the patron saint of friendship and love.
25 Jan

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