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Calennig - historical image of children calling at doors - copyright National Museum of Wales

Calennig means New Year celebration/gift. The giving of gifts on New Year's Day is an ancient custom.

In Wales children would call from door to door collection Calennig (New Year’s Gift). They would go from house to house, bearing good wishes for the health and prosperity during the year to come.

This was symbolised by the skewered apples, stuck with corn and sprigs of evergreen, which they carried in their hands. Children would sing and receive small gifts of food or money for their troubles. These days children still carry out the tradition of calling door to door in some parts of Wales.