Calenning is an annual Welsh holiday celebrated on January 13th. Basically, it’s New Year’s Eve. Why is that? The fact is that, despite the transition to the Gregorian calendar, the Julian calendar continues to operate in the small village of Cwm Gwaun, located in Wales. They did not want to change anything, and the celebration of the new year is traditionally held on January 13th.
The Calenning holiday attracts people from all over the world with its enchanting atmosphere, which has remained the same as it was centuries ago. According to local traditions, until January 13, little boys went from house to house and splashed water on the residents, which they collected from the well. It is believed that this ritual brings good luck for the whole year. In return, residents must give a “calenning” – this is a small gift, most often they are copper coins.
In many areas of Wales, the holiday has its own unique features. For example, to receive a gift, you need to read a poem, although the rite of sprinkling water does not lose popularity.
- The Julian calendar was created by Julius Caesar. The same person suggested celebrating the New Year in January.
- The first New Year was celebrated about 4 thousand years ago.
- On New Year’s Eve in Wales, you should definitely try the national dishes: tortillas, baked apples in dough and pudding.
How to celebrate
If you don’t live in Wales, Calenning is a great way to spice up your New Year’s Eve celebration. Go there and enjoy the local atmosphere of celebration. Be sure to visit the well, and with the help of a green twig, sprinkle yourself with water for good luck. Be sure to visit local events and festivals dedicated to the holiday.
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When is Calennig celebrated in 2023?
Calennig is observed on January 13 each year.