Whether you’re a levee newbie or a seasoned expert, you’ll enjoy these tips — and a complete list including maps— of P.E.I.’s many New Year’s Day 2017 levees, from Peter Rukavina, who began leveeing back in 2004.
The levee is a centuries-old tradition originating from a French military ritual whereby the enlisted soldiers would visit their commanding office to bring New Year’s greetings, according to a P.E.I. government release. The formality was adopted by early British commanders and soldiers and eventually it became a widely-celebrated custom, especially in Prince Edward Island.
‘I don’t think you could go to all 37 unless you had a helicopter,.’
— Peter Rukavina
“There are no rules, although there are traditions,” said Rukavina. “You don’t have to wear a morning coat or a particular type of corsage or anything — although you could.”