Mayor's New Year's Levee
The Corporation of the
Town of Mono
Mayor Laura Ryan and Council
cordially invite all residents to a
New Year's Levee
Sunday January 1st, 2017
1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
347209 Mono Centre Road, Mono
Mayor Ryan's remarks at 1:30 p.m.
Please join us in celebrating the
traditions of a New Year.
For further information, please contact Kim Perryman at [email protected], or call 519.941.3599, 227
History of New Year's Levee
The levée is a New Year's Day social event hosted by the Governor General of Canada, the lieutenant governors, military establishments, municipalities and other institutions.
The word levée (from French, noun use of infinitive lever, "rising", from Latin levāre, "to raise") originated in the Levée du Soleil (Rising of the Sun) of King Louis XIV (1643–1715). It was his custom to receive his male subjects in his bedchamber just after arising, a practice that subsequently spread throughout Europe.
In the 18th century the levée in Great Britain and Ireland became a formal court reception given by the sovereign or his/her representative in the forenoon or early afternoon. In the New World colonies the levée was held by the governor acting on behalf of the monarch.
It was in Canada that the levée became associated with New Year's Day. The fur traders had the tradition of paying their respects to the master of the fort (their government representative) on New Year's Day. This custom was adopted by the governor general and lieutenant governors for their levées.
"Levée (event)" Wikipedia. n.d. Web. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lev%C3%A9e_(event)