See in the New Year in a true Welsh style!

Published: Friday 20th Dec 2013

Written by: Gareth Mahoney

Fed up with the usual New Year celebrations at home? For a New Year with a difference, welcome it in with family and friends in Wales!

New YearY Fari Lwyd

Did you know that, in the past, Wales has had its own New Year traditions? – for example, if the first person to cross the threshold of your home was a woman or a red-haired man, it was considered unlucky. One tradition which has survived is the Mari Lwyd (translated ’the Grey Mare’), and  one place where you can experience a re-enactment  of this very old Welsh custom on New Year’s Eve is in Llanwrtyd Wells in Mid Wales. In Chepstow too, you can still find people celebrating New Year like they used to in the old days.  Alternatively, how about welcoming in the New Year with an invigorating guided walk on 1st January, led by the RSPB in South Stack Reserve on Anglesey  or at the Newport Wetlands Nature Reserve in South Wales. 

Best of Wales can provide you with a good choice of ideal New Year locations. For further information visit or give us a call on 01650 511101

Gareth Mahoney



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