long-awaited — долгожданный
truly — искренне
different ways — разными способами
all night through — всю ночь
Piccadilly Circus — цирк Пикадилли
Trafalgar Square — Трафальгарская площадь
the linked-arm — держась за руки
New Year in United Kingdom is celebrated on January 1. This day was officially declared as New Year’s Day in 1752.
New Year is the most long-awaited holiday. Many people associate it with magic and gifts. People of all ages truly believe that in New Year their aims and wishes will come true.
New Year is an international holiday, but in every country it is celebrated in many different ways and each family has their own traditions.
It is commonly believed that New Year’s Day is less important in England than Christmas. It is true in the southern and eastern parts of the country. But the welcoming of the New Year is popular among younger people who prefer to spend Christmas with family, but New Year with friends. New Year’s parties go all night through.
The most famous places of festivities are Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square in London. Сrowds of people greet the New Year with the linked-arm. They sing of «Old Lang Syne» and shooting firecrackers. Unfortunately for all these midnight celebrators, January 1st is not a public holiday in England.