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New Year's Eve is a celebration held the day before New Year's Day, on December 31 is the 365th day of the year (366th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. It is the final day of the Gregorian year. Events 406 - Vandals, Alans and Suebians cross the Rhine, beginning an invasion of Gallia 1600 - British East India Company is chartered 1687 - The first... December 31, the final day of the year. (See This page deals with the annual event. For the band, see The New Year. The New Year is an event that happens when a culture celebrates the end of one year and the beginning of the next. Cultures that measure yearly calendars all have New Year celebrations. Modern new year... New Year for a discussion of the calendric, religious, and cultural observance of a change of year.)


New Year's Eve is a separate observance from the observance of New Year's Day. In 20th century Western can refer to: A Western blot is a method in molecular biology to detect a certain protein in a sample by using antibody specific to that protein. The Western world refers to a particular group of countries. See also: Occident Western culture refers to the culture that has developed... Western practice, the celebration involves partying until the moment of the transition of the year, generally at local midnight. Drinking Champagne is often drunk as part of a celebration Champagne is a sparkling wine produced by inducing the secondary fermentation of wine. It is named after the Champagne region of France and is most often produced from one or a blend of three varieties of grapes: chardonnay, pinot noir, and... champagne is also a major part of the festivities.


Within many cultures the use of This article is about the explosive device. For the bitmap/vector drawing software, see Macromedia Fireworks Several fireworks bursting Fireworks are classified as low explosive devices and form a distinct variety of pyrotechnics, whose definition also generally includes devices for military and industrial use. Fireworks are primarily for aesthetic and... fireworks and other noise making is a major part of the celebration in cities such as This is about the city of Sydney in Australia. For other meanings, see Sydney (disambiguation), or Sidney. Sydneys skyline with the Opera House on the left Sydney is the capital city of the Australian state of New South Wales and Australias largest and oldest city, founded in 1788... Sydney, The Eiffel Tower has become the symbol of Paris throughout the world. Paris is the capital city of France, as well as the capital of the Île-de-France région, whose territory encompasses Paris and its suburbs. The city of Paris proper is also a dé... Paris and London — containing the City of London — is the capital of the United Kingdom and of England and a major world city. With over seven million inhabitants (Londoners) in Greater London area, it is amongst the most densely populated areas in Western Europe. Founded as Londinium, the capital of... London.


New Year's Eve is a public non-working In the United States, a holiday is a day set aside by a nation or culture (in some cases, multiple nations and cultures) typically for celebration but sometimes for some other kind of special culture-wide (or national) observation or activity. Based on the English words holy and day, holidays... holiday in the following countries, among others: Argentina is a country in southern South America, situated between the Andes in the west and the southern Atlantic Ocean in the east. It is bordered by Paraguay and Bolivia in the north, Brazil and Uruguay in the northeast and Chile in the west. The country is formally named Rep... Argentina, The Federative Republic of Brazil (República Federativa do Brasil in Portuguese) is the largest and most populous country in South America, and fifth largest in the world. Spanning a vast area between central South America and the Atlantic Ocean, it borders Uruguay, Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela... Brazil, The Federal Republic of Germany ( German: Bundesrepublik Deutschland) is one of the worlds leading industrialised countries, located in the heart of Europe. Due to its central location, Germany has more neighbours than any other European country: these are Denmark in the north, Poland and the Czech Republic in the... Germany, the The Republic of the Philippines is an island nation consisting of an archipelago of 7,107 islands, lying in the tropical western Pacific Ocean about 100 kilometers southeast of mainland Asia. Spain (1565-1898) and the United States (1898-1946), colonized the country and have been the largest influences on... Philippines, For alternative meanings, see New Zealand (disambiguation). New Zealand is a country formed of two major islands and a number of Pacific Ocean. A common Māori name for New Zealand is Aotearoa, popularly translated as Land of the Long White Cloud. New Zealand also maintains responsibility for the... New Zealand, Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is the sixth-largest country in the world, the only one to occupy an entire continent, and the largest in the region of Australasia/ Oceania. It also includes a number of secondary islands, the largest of which is Tasmania, an Australian State. Australia is... Australia and The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela (Spanish: República Bolivariana de Venezuela)1 is a country in northern South America.2 It borders the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean to the north, Guyana to the east, Brazil to the south, and Colombia to the west. Off the Venezuelan coast are... Venezuela.

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Localized celebrations

Australia

A large number of fireworks are usually set off from the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House The Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of the major landmarks of Sydney, Australia, connecting the Sydney Central Business District (CBD) with the North Shore commercial and residential areas, both of which are located on Sydney Harbour. The dramatic water vista of the bridge together... Sydney Harbour Bridge.


United Kingdom

100,000 people gather for an organised Hogmanay is the Scots word for the celebration of the New Year in the Scottish manner. Its official date is the 31st of December. However this is normally only the start of a celebration which lasts through the night until the morning of the 1st or, in many cases, the... hogmanay street party in Edinburgh viewed from Arthurs Seat. See also this picture for a panoramic view from Holyrood Park towards Ocean Terminal. Edinburgh (pronounced ED-in-burra (SAMPA: [Ed@n%b@r@])), Dùn Éideann in Scottish Gaelic, is a major and historic city on the east coast of Scotland on the... Edinburgh, with fireworks being set off from the Edinburgh Castle and NorLoch, around 1780 by Alexander Nasmyth Edinburgh Castle, an ancient stronghold on the Castle Rock in the centre of the city of Edinburgh, has been in use by assorted military forces since prehistoric times and only transferred from the Ministry of Defence recently. It lies at... castle and other major hills around the city.


In London — containing the City of London — is the capital of the United Kingdom and of England and a major world city. With over seven million inhabitants (Londoners) in Greater London area, it is amongst the most densely populated areas in Western Europe. Founded as Londinium, the capital of... London, a fireworks display is held around the The London Eye is, as of December 2003, the largest observation wheel in the world (though often erroneously called a Ferris wheel). It stands 135 metres (443 feet) high on the western end of Jubilee Gardens, on the South Bank of the River Thames in Lambeth, London, England, north of... London Eye.


United States

For about four decades Guy Lombardo, photographed by William P. Gottlieb, 1947 Gaetano Alberto Guy Lombardo (June 19, 1902 - November 5, 1977) was a Canadian bandleader and violinist. With his brothers Carmen and Lebert and other musicians from his hometown of London, Ontario he formed the jazz band The Royal Canadians in 1924. The... Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians would serenade the United States from the ballroom of the This article is about the hotel. For other uses, see Waldorf-Astoria (disambiguation). For more than a century as an icon of social prestige, the Waldorf=Astoria is one of the most famous hotels in the world. Owned today by the Hilton Hotel chain, it was inaugurated in 1893 where... Waldorf-Astoria Hotel on Park Avenue in the Upper East Side (2004) Park Avenue (formerly Fourth Avenue) runs north and south between Madison Avenue and Lexington Avenue in Manhattan in New York City, carrying both directions of traffic. It is noted for its perennially high real estate prices along much of its length, especially... Park Avenue in This is an article about New York City; see also NYC, New York, and New York, New York. Midtown Manhattan, looking north from the Empire State Building, 2005. New York City (officially named the City of New York) is the most populous city in the United States and is at... New York City.


In the The United States of America — also referred to as the United States, the U.S.A., the U.S., America¹, the States, or (archaically) Columbia — is a federal republic of 50 states located primarily in central North America (with the exception of two states: Alaska and Hawaii... United States New Year's Eve is a major social In the United States, a holiday is a day set aside by a nation or culture (in some cases, multiple nations and cultures) typically for celebration but sometimes for some other kind of special culture-wide (or national) observation or activity. Based on the English words holy and day, holidays... holiday. In the past 100 years the dropping of the 'ball' on top of One Times Square Times Square, named after the one-time headquarters of The New York Times, is a neighborhood in the borough of Manhattan, New York City, which centers on 42nd Street and Broadway. It consists of the blocks between Sixth and Ninth Avenue from east to west and 39th and... Times Square in This is an article about New York City; see also NYC, New York, and New York, New York. Midtown Manhattan, looking north from the Empire State Building, 2005. New York City (officially named the City of New York) is the most populous city in the United States and is at... New York City, broadcast worldwide, is a major component of the celebration. The 1,070-pound, 6-foot-diameter Waterford Crystal is the brand name for a type of glassware produced in Waterford, Ireland. The business was founded in 1793 by George and William Penrose. Their company closed, reportedly due to excessive taxation of the product. In 1947, the company was restarted due to the fine reputation of the... Waterford crystal ball located high above Times Square Times Square, named after the one-time headquarters of The New York Times, is a neighborhood in the borough of Manhattan, New York City, which centers on 42nd Street and Broadway. It consists of the blocks between Sixth and Ninth Avenue from east to west and 39th and... Times Square is lowered starting at 11:59 PM and reaches the bottom of its tower at the stroke of Midnight, literally the middle of the night, was a time arbitrarily designated to determine the end of a day and the beginning of the next in some, mainly Western, cultures. Originally midnight depended on the time of the sunset and dawn, varying according to the seasons. Solar midnight is that... midnight on January 1. It is sometimes referred to as "the big apple" like the city itself; the custom derives from the time signal that used to be given at Noon is the time exactly halfway through the day, written 12:00 in the 24-hour clock and 12:00 pm in the 12-hour clock. Midday is also used as a synonym for noon, although this may also be a more general term to mean around noon, or very... noon in harbours.


Now, many cities in America have their own local version of the celebration, even while keeping an eye on New York, and the New York-centric aspect of the holiday is diminishing. Many cities, echoing the New York tradition of dropping a ball, also drop or lower an object (or an enlarged representation of an object), usually one of local significance. Some of these include: (see also List of objects dropped on New Year's Eve)

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There are also things going up. In City nickname Emerald City City bird Great Blue Heron City flower Dahlia City mottos The City of Flowers The City of Goodwill City song Seattle, the Peerless City Mayor Greg Nickels County King County Area   - Total   - Land   - Water   - % water 369.2 km² 217.2 km² 152... Seattle the countdown is done with an elevator at the Seattles Space Needle. The Space Needle is the Pacific Northwests most recognizable landmark and is the symbol of Seattle. Located on the grounds of Seattle Center, it was built for the 1962 Worlds Fair, during which it hosted 2.3 million visitors. The Space Needle is a... Space Needle, with fireworks from the top of the needle at midnight.


Watch Night

Many Christians, particularly in the The Methodist movement is a group of denominations of Protestant Christianity. The Wesleyan revival The Methodist revival originated in England. It was started by John Wesley, his younger brother Charles and George Whitefield as a movement within the Church of England in the 18th century, focused on Bible study, and... Methodist tradition, gather on New Year's Eve for what are called Watch Night services. During these sometimes three hour long services, hymns are sung and prayers offered in a rededication to God, as participants watch for the new year. John Wesley John Wesley was an 18th century preacher and the founder of the Methodist denomination of Protestant Christianity. He was born at Epworth, England (23 miles north-west of Lincoln) June 28, 1703, and died in London March 2, 1791. Youth The Wesleys were of ancient Saxon lineage, the... John Wesley wrote and adapted services for Watch Night celebrations. The most famous of Wesley's Watch Night resources is certainly what is known as the Wesley Covenant Prayer, an adaptation of a Pietism was a movement, in the Lutheran Church, lasting from the late-17th century to the mid-18th Century. The name of Pietists was given to the adherents of the movement by its enemies as a term of ridicule, like that of Methodists somewhat later in England. The Lutheran Church... pietist prayer (see The United Methodist Book of Worship, 1992, ISBN 0687035724).


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