Calennig is a New Year Celebration which takes place every year in Cardiff, the capital of Wales.
Calennig is a Welsh word meaning “New Year celebration / gift,” though literally translates to “the first day of the month,” deriving from the Latin word kalends.
Calennig is a three day festival to welcome the New Year. The main highlight of the festival is the Calennig Lantern Parade through the city and firework displays on the midnight of the new year’s eve.
Both the Calennig Lantern Parade and the New Year Fireworks display is broadcast on S4C TV Channel.
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On New Year’s Eve, a large outdoor party with live bands is held in front of Cardiff City Hall, which also features an outdoor ice-rink which is sponsored by Bmibaby, a Ferris wheel which is sponsored by John Lewis, and other amusements. A family fire show is held at Cardiff Castle which is sponsored by Admiral. New Year Celebrations are also held on the city’s waterfront in Cardiff Bay.
The tradition of giving gifts and money on New Years Day is an ancient custom that survives even in modern-day Wales, though nowadays it is now customary to give bread and cheese.
Many people give gifts on New Years morning, with children having skewered apples stuck with raisins and fruit. In some parts of Wales, people must visit all their relatives by midday to collect their Calennig, and celebrations and traditions can vary from area to area.
On this occasion people also sing the famous Calennig rhyme –
Dydd calan yw hi heddiw,
Rwy’n dyfod ar eich traws
I ofyn am y geiniog,
Neu grwst, a bara a chaws.
O dewch i’r drws yn siriol
Heb nesid dim o’ch gwedd;
Cyn daw dydd calan eto
Bydd llawer yn y bedd.
This means – “Today is the start of the new year, and I have come to you to ask for [my] money, or bread, or pastry, and bread and cheese. O come to [your] door smiling without waking anyone up; Before the next arrival of the new year many will be dead.”