Traditionally the New Year is a time to reflect on the year that has gone and to plan for the year ahead, including the making of resolutions. It’s also a time to get together with family and friends, to celebrate and to indulge in our own personal and cultural traditions. Hogmanay, in Scotland, is one of the best-known New Year celebrations. In the town of Stonehaven there is a parade through the streets by kilted men swinging big balls of fire. In Turkey it is traditional to wear red lingerie to see in the New Year. In Denmark it’s appropriate to jump off a chair at Midnight on New Year’s Eve and smash plates against your friends’ doors to bring them good luck.
How do you celebrate the dawning of a new year? Do you have a special family custom or do you make New Year’s resolutions? Whatever your plan, I wish you a very Happy 2016!