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New Year Day

1 January. Regarded as New Year's Day even when the year was calculated from 25 March


New Year Gifts

Customarily 'friends' exchanged gifts and tokens at New Year. This custom was formalised at the Tudor Court when gifts at New Year became part of the cement of the patronage system and an indicator of political fortune. The comparative value of the Crown's gifts signalled the relative importance at court of the recipients. If the monarch declined to make a gift to an individual this signified loss of political favour.