Happy New Year, ok?


I said “Happy New Year” to all the acquaintances I happened to meet today. This seemed appropriate.

But how long can you keep saying Happy New Year after 1st January?

Obviously you only need to say it to people whom you are seeing for the first time this year. I don’t, for example, greet Mrs R with this phrase every morning.

I expect that I can continue to say it for the rest of this month, assuming that  there are any people remaining ungreeted in my small circle of friends and casual contacts. Perhaps I could stretch it into early February, particularly for any Chinese chums…

But after that…? Is there an etiquette rule about this? In Scotland perhaps?


3 Responses to “Happy New Year, ok?”

  1. 1 Mrs R

    But what do you say to people who ask you if you’ve HAD a happy new year? Someone asked me this by email the other day and I think it’s really too early to say.

  2. 2 Andy, at Aviva Perth

    It depends on whether they asked about New Year (the holiday period) or new year which probably lasts for a couple of months before it could no longer be considered “new”.

  3. 3 Mrs R

    Well when I wish people a happy new year I’m hoping that the whole of 2011 is good for them, even though it won’t be new all the way through obviously.

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