December 31, 2009
Happy New Year!
At Versailles it was a custom for the ladies who had been presented to the royal family to pay court on New Years Day. According to the Comte de Mercy this is the day which Madame du Barry payed court to Antoinette, along side the duchesse d'Aiguillon and Maréchale de Mirepoix. On New Years Eve he spoke to the dauphine, alerting her to the fact that du Barry would be meeting with her the following day and asking that she act with grace towards the King's favorite.
There are other traditions to observe though! Some such as this date back as far as Roman times and perhaps even further: give a gift on New Years Day, for good luck. This does not need to be a fancy gift, some nuts, fruit or sweets would do!
A later tradition is one for New Year's morning; children would receive sweets to ensure they had a good (sweet) year.
Enjoy the parties tonight and have a lovely New Year!! Best wishes from the Gossip Guides!