10 Quirkiest Traditions to Kick Start New Year in London

When in London for the holiday season, there are surely numerous things to do for a merry time. But when it comes to New Year celebrations, we surely love to do this in a certain fashion. Be it rituals, parties, or ceremonial festivities, we never forget the time-survived traditions at the end of the year. In London, have you heard or participated in the ‘first footing’, where you let a strange man with particularly dark hair enter the house? If you haven’t heard of it, then don’t freak out already. The man carries bread, salt, and coal, signifying food, money, and warmth respectively.

But repeating the same holiday traditions every year? Where is the fun in that?

This is why we have compiled these choicest of traditions from the world over. Now batter-fry your New Year day into an extra crispy memory for life with the following customs:

Philippines:
Manigong Bagong Taon! They like circles and so do we, amongst other shapes. Although London has a lot of squares, why not participate in the famous Philippines New Year custom, even if standing in a square. Any circle shapes are a good luck sign on this day in Philippines. Dress patterns, food, coins, hats, we mean anything counts. How about going out on the road and revolving in circles? Amazing isn’t it? Also make sure the road has no traffic and keep some bandages handy. Just in case!

Denmark:
Godt Nytår! Did you hear a plate break? If not then make this New Year’s Eve interesting by converting a bunch of plates into driverless mini UFOs. All you need here is your friends’ doors and the sober ability to explain the Danish tradition reasonably. Go crash some old plates in front of your pal’s door and show them how much they mean to you.

Spain:
Feliz Año Nuevo! Now these grapes can never be sour. Start your New Year by eating 12 grapes, for every month to come, for good luck. Chew fast otherwise you will end up welcoming the New Year scrubbing your shirt too!

Ireland:
Bhliain Nua Sásta! Talking about New Year, we don’t want to miss telling you about the bread and the hammering. When we first heard of this Irish tradition, the immediate visual popping in our beautiful mind was hammering the bread against the wall. Oh imagine the crumbled smashed crumbs on the floor! Now you can follow this Irish tradition and give a sane explanation for it too – “To chase away the bad luck and welcome good spirits in with the New Year”.

Japan:
Akemashite Omedetou! Even if it is laughter attack or just a plain simple series of forced chuckles, that IS the Japanese New Year tradition. Roll in the New Year with a smile, buckets of hope or skates but there is no clarification for skates that’s all. Also skates were most probably just our idea.

Switzerland:
Glückliches Neues Jahr! This Swiss New Year tradition is strictly not for foodies. We just cannot see their heart break. Beware of the slippery floors as you drop the ice cream on the floor through the night. That’s one of their famous traditions to rope in the merry spirit of the brand new year in Switzerland. It is also one way to initiate massive floor scrubbing drive throughout the place next morning.

Central and South America:
Feliz Ano Novo! In the South and Central American countries, the New Year begins with a reminder of the undergarments. From red under wears, bright prints and yellow lingerie, take your pick from what brings you luck this New Year.

Belgium:
Gelukkig Nieuwjaar! This is one of our personal favourites. This unique New Year tradition of Belgium requires you to come across a cow. It is ideally with reference to Belgium farmers who never forget to wish their livestock, especially cows, on New Year. But when in London, cows or not, the animals also deserve your wishes and joys. Talking to the animals would never be so fun. Wishing cows has an added advantage too. You may get a reply back with a nodding ‘Moo’!

France:
Bonne Année! The French like to begin their New Year with pancakes. No not dropping this time. Eating and sharing the delectable and syrup-y pancakes is one of the traditional French customs of welcoming the New Year in good and sweet spirit. In case you want a party with the pancakes, you may book the famous London venue, Grange City Penthouse near River Thames with Thecitycollection.org.

Belarus:

Z Novym Hodam! We would strongly suggest this New Year tradition for all the single ladies. To find out who will be the next one wearing that shiny engagement ring, here is what to do. Get the ladies to form a line and then arrange a pile of corn in front of them. Acquire a matchmaker rooster (same as the regular rooster) and release the hungry bird in front of the ladies with corn. The pile it goes first to peck on, is the lucky pile or lady who will be buying the wedding magazines soon.

Warning: There is a good chance some of the ladies might run berserk watching the rooster approach. Please keep distance!

With such fun New Year traditions from around the globe, now spice up your new beginning into the year in style, or rather humour.

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8 Things To Know While Choosing The Right Venue

Did you know the success of your event depends not merely on food, decorations, host and guests, but one more thing? And, that would be your party venue. When you organise a party or any other event, remember to think like an event planner. This simple rule will give a boost to your venue search. It is not without a reason that an event planner views venue as the most imperative of all, while organizing an enviable event.

Short-listing a venue, undoubtedly, is a very fragile decision. It leaves even the most seasoned event planners in perplexity. But, you don’t have to worry, just go through our list-to-keep-in-mind-while-choosing-a-venue. To make your wedding a hassle-free activity or your event as scintillating as diamonds, set some rules. Just have a quick read of our list on what you need to do for a perfect venue selection. And, have a wonderful party!

The Starter
Before anything else, take deep breath and calm down if you are nervous. Make a list with your family, friends or fiancé on what you want to include in the event. Preparing a guest-list beforehand will also provide clarity for venue capacity needed.

Personality Reflection
Always remember, the venue should be as per the choice and personality of the star-of the-night. Should it be rustic and natural, elegant & sophisticated? Whether it should be organised in garden or something spiritual yet classy would do?

If you are planning a lavish event, Grange Holborn Hotel with conference halls, bars and restaurants and great space is a stylish choice. It also offers assistance for your event with a special Events Team at your service. Or, if you are planning a budgeted event, 78 Bishopsgate in Liverpool Street with banquet and dinner dance space might allow you to stick with the budget also.

Money and Brain Teaser
And, won’t you agree that money speaks the way you utilise it? Yes? So, as you end up preparing a To-do list, it would be good to plan your budget also. Decide on what you want to spend on the venue, decorations, food, beverages and so on. Also, keep in mind that many venues have in-house caterers and rentals. No doubt, this all will affect your budget but simultaneously will reduce the strain of planning. Engage with the caterers and others to help you come up with something reflecting originality, uniqueness that will have your sense of style.

Fix Some Dates

Choose a couple of dates and time as per preference that you might desire for your event. Will you like to almost be enchanted by a perfect venue and learn that it’s not available on any of your desired dates? No, right? Then have a plan in place.

Record the venue
Always prefer to have a digital or video camera with you when cutting down different venues. This task will help recognise the venue afterwards for approval from others. And, it would be good to have a photographic record that might help you recognise something nice about the sites. Also, record the existing decor of the venues as it might prove beneficial when you plan your own decorations.

Have an Eagle’s Eye

Check the entire venue like a detective, maybe. Okay, maybe not! Just kidding! But, on a serious note, it is imperative to know each and every hook and corner of the venue, even the restrooms, dressing rooms, foyer, lighting and the kitchen. You can also try to convince the representative and set up a visit when any event is commencing there. This will ease off your decoration and other doubts, if any.

Furthermore, if it’s an official event like a conference, make sure the venue representative takes due care of the basic needs. Know about the amenities, the audio-visual, equipment facilities, disabled access and venue should also allow having any promotional activity with banners, directional signs, and so on, if needed.

Don’t Hesitate and Clear Your Doubts
You are the one who is paying money for services and looks forward to a successful party or event. So why hesitate? So, be interrogative, and clear each and every doubt bothering you, like:

  • How many events will you host on the day of our event?
  • What’s the person occupancy of the venue?
  • Is the venue easily accessible and how is the transport facility in the area?
  • Do you have elderly and disabled-friendly facilities?
  • Can I hire vendors from outside? Is there an individual dressing room? (If it’s a wedding or reception)
  • Do you have a recycling policy?
  • Do you have parking facility?
Ask as many questions you have in mind and get a crystal clear perspective of everything important for the party.

Ask for a Proposal
If you have shortlisted a venue, then ask the representative to provide a proposal enlisting pricing and policies, extra tax, service charges and other agreed demands. So you don’t have to bother for any monetary discussion or an argument later on. This will also provide you with a tentative idea of budget.

Whether having a get-together or a big bash after your wedding or promotion in office, a significant venue is essential. Venue is like salt in sumptuous delicacy after all your preparations and hard work put–in. It says a lot about your style, choices and thoughts while accentuating a taste for the guests. So, don’t take the venue decision lightly. Plan, work hard and have a celebration that people relish and cherish for years to come.

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