History and Traditions :
- 2013 calendar: key events for the year ahead
"Now that we've survived the doomsday predicted by the Maya, what will 2013 bring?
From political events to sports, culture and anniversaries, these are the events we can foresee."
- Top 10 places for New Year's Eve traditions
"If balls of fire and barrels of flaming tar sound a bit alarming, there are also fun runs, live music and, of course, fireworks in our round-up of the best places for a traditional New Year's Eve."
- 10 Unusual Traditions for Ringing in the New Year around the World
"Did you know that in Switzerland people ring in the new year by dropping a dollop of cream on the floor?
Or how about how Armenians bake special bread with “good luck” and “best wishes” stamped into it? We thought you didn’t.
So in honor of 2010, here are 10 unusual traditions observed by different countries around the world."
Swimmers flock to beach for New Year dip
"More than a thousand swimmers flocked to the beach - many in fancy dress - as they braved icy waters for an annual New Year charity dip.
Participants dressed as Welsh dragons, fairies and characters from Little Britain as they took to the water at Saundersfoot in Pembrokshire for the 26th annual dip to raise money for a variety of local and national charities. "
A Drop of Cream, a Good Scream, a New Year - a slideshow about 'rituals' around the world
Times Square ball 'goes green'
"The New Year's Eve ball in New York's Times Square is celebrating
its 100th birthday by going green, after being revamped with energy-efficient
More than a million revellers are expected to crowd into Times Square
for the New Year's Eve countdown."
Year's Eve (Wikipedia)
1 Localized celebrations
1.1 New Zealand 1.2 Australia 1.2.1 Sydney 1.2.2 Melbourne
1.3 Brazil 1.4 Canada 1.5 Denmark 1.6 France
1.7 Germany 1.8 Hong Kong, People's Republic of China 1.9 India 1.10
Japan 1.11 Mexico 1.12 Philippines
1.13 Spain 1.14 Taiwan 1.15 Turkey 1.16 United Kingdom 1.17
United States 1.18 Communities.
1.18.1 Local celebrations 1.18.2 Random gunfire and unapproved fireworks
use 1.19 Venezuela
2 Internet celebrations...
- New Year
1 Modern new year celebrations 1.1 January 1.2
March 1.3 April 1.4 Northern fall 1.5 Variable
2 Historical dates for the new year
The Door Custom - New Year Superstition...
(with the main stress on the last syllable - hog-muh-NAY)
It "is the Scots word for the last day of the year and is synonymous
with the celebration of the New Year
(Gregorian calendar) in the Scottish manner.
Its official date is 31 December (Old Year's Night). However this is
normally only the start of a celebration which lasts through the night
until the morning of Ne'erday (1 January) or, in some cases, 2 January
which is a Scottish Bank Holiday."
3 Presbyterian influence
5 Handsel Day
8 External links
"in British folklore, especially that of the north and Scotland,
is the first person who crosses the threshold on New Year's Eve..."
Cliparts and Images :
- Happy New-Year : Card
(Jacquie Lawson's cards)
New Year's Resolutions :
- New Year's Resolutions - a lesson plan
"These English language activities are designed to explore ideas and practicalities connected with New Year Resolutions, including writing your own resolutions."
- New Year's resolutions - a lesson plan (teachingenglish.org.uk)
Theme: New Year traditions and New Year resolutions. Reviewing the year, talking about past events, talking about intentions.
Lexical area: spare time activities, ways of celebrating.
Cross curricular links: Personal and social education.
Instructions for language assistants are in italics