The Most Important Festival in Scotland
Hogmanay is the Scottish word for the last day of the year and is synonymous with the celebration of the New Year (Gregorian calendar) in the Scottish manner. It is normally followed by further celebrations in the morning of New Year's Day (1 January) or, in some cases, 2 January—a Scottish bank holiday. The origins of Hogmanay are unclear, but it may be derived from Norse and Gaelic observances. Customs vary throughout Scotland, and usually include gift-giving and visiting the homes of friends and Neighbours, with special attention given to the first-foot, the first guest of the New Year.
The Most Important Festival in England
Notting Hill Carnival
The Notting Hill Carnival is an annual event that has taken place since 1966 on the streets of Notting Hill, and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, London, England, each August over two days (the August bank holiday Monday and the preceding Sunday). It is led by members of the British West Indian Community, and attracts around one million people annually, making it one of the world's largest street festivals, and a significant event in British Culture. In 2006, the UK public voted onto the list of icons of England. Despite its name, it is not part of the global carnival season preceding lent.
The Most Important Festival In Wales
The Hay Festival
The Hay Festival of Literature & Arts is an annual literature festival held in Hay-on-Wye, Powys, Wales, for ten days from May to June. Devised by Norman and Peter Florence in 1988, the festival was described by Bill Clinton in 2001 as "The Woodstock of the mind. Tony Benn said: "In my mind it's replaced Christmas. Florence continues to be director of the Festival.
Hay-on-Wye was already well known for its many bookshops before the festival was launched. Richard Booth opened his first shop there in 1962, and by the 1970s Hay had gained the nickname "The Town of Books". From its inception, the festival was held at a variety of venues around Hay, including the local Primary School, until 2005 when it moved to a central location just outside the town.
The Most Important Festival In North Ireland
The Dalriada Festival is Northern Ireland's biggest cultural and heritage festival or sport, music and fine foods and takes place in the village of Glenarm annually in July, attracting in excess of 20,000 people. The main events take place at Glenarm Castle and include Highland Games, fine foods, celebrity chef demonstrations, performing arts, live music, craft stalls and children's entertainment.
As part of the festival Glenarm Castle also hosts large outdoor concerts known as Dalriada LIVE. So far artists who have appeared at Dalriada LIVE include General Fiasco, Duke Special, Amici, The Priests, Brian Houston, David Phelps, Ronan Keating, Sharon Corr, Nathan Carter and Lisa McHugh. Glenarm village and the local area provides the backdrop for the sporting events such as a triathlon, kids duathlon, mountain run, football, shinty, rowing regatta and horse hunt chase.In 2013 additional events were added to the festival programme including a hiring fair and a super endurocross competition at the old quarry in Glenarm.