Happy New Year 2018! The history behind UK traditions – plus best quotes, memes and honours from 2017

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The first day of 2018 is time for a fresh start, a sore head or some serious shopping – we’ve got you covered for all of it

It is the start of the year again – the festive celebrations are over- and 2018 has officially begun.

The year 2018 is your chance to forget about your troubles and start afresh.

The first day of the year is different for everyone – some will choose to hit the shops in search of a bargain, while others will spend most of January 1st nursing a sore head in bed.

Either way you’ll likely be off work as it’s a Bank Holiday.

Are you ready for all the New Year fun and games? Here is everything you need to know about this year’s events:

So what day does New Year’s Day fall on this year?

This year it falls on Monday, January 1.

How do families usually celebrate?

Different people have their own traditions, but for many, New Year’s Eve night is filled with parties from start to finish.

Whether it be meals out, or drinks in town, everyone has their own way of marking the start of the new year in style.

Many kiss each other at midnight to welcome them into the New Year before joining hands and singing Auld Lang Syne.

And the next day can be spent in bed with a sore head, or in the clothing racks searching for a bargain, with many of the high street’s biggest names starting their sales for the first day of the new year.

What are the traditions kept each year in Britain?

New Year’s Eve is marked at midnight on the dot when Big Ben chimes 12 in London. Big Ben has been under renovation but the bells have been reinstated temporarily whilst the renovation works pause for the holiday period, so they will bong for midnight on the 31st.

An impressive firework display showers the Thames with colour, and mimicked by families up and down the country and around the world.

Images of thousands of people celebrating fill screens all over the globe, with performers singing and dancing in Trafalgar Square and up and down the Thames.

Of course for all you good eggs out there New Year’s Day is the day to begin those all important resolutions.

If you want to change something about your life, whether that be getting fitter, eating less chocolate or giving up cigarettes, January 1 is the time to do it.

When do we get the New Year’s honours list?

The list is part of the Honours System and dates back to 1890. They are given out in the name of the Queen.

The full list is published on January 2.

There were only two years where the list wasn’t released on New Year – 1902 when it was instead published on the King’s birthday the previous November and in 1940 due to the outbreak of World War Two.

The idea is to celebrate those who have achieved something, given to public life or served the country.

Best quotes for New Year

And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been.

Rainer Maria Rilke

For last year’s words belong to last year’s language

And next year’s words await another voice.

T.S. Eliot

Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on.

Hal Borland

Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365-page book. Write a good one.

Brad Paisley

Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.

Oprah Winfrey

Youth is when you’re allowed to stay up late on New Year’s Eve. Middle age is when you’re forced to.

Bill Vaughan

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.


New Year’s Day is every man’s birthday.

Charles Lamb

Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, “It will be happier.”

Alfred Lord Tennyson

Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, do it. Make your mistakes, next year and forever.

Neil Gaiman

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.

Abraham Lincoln

I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.

Thomas Jefferson

Character is the ability to carry out a good resolution long after the excitement of the moment has passed.

Cavett Robert

The beginning is the most important part of the work.


It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.

William Shakespeare

The best way to predict the future is to create it.

Source : http://www.mirror.co.uk

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