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(Updated on 10/12/2016)

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  • 'What a year it's been': Trump lauds major feats of 2017 in end-of-year video - 31 December 2017
    "The nomination of Neil Gorsuch, the Hurricane Harvey response, jobs figures and his recent tax cut – just some of what Trump sees as his biggest accomplishments."


  • 'Veganuary' becomes the latest New Year trend - 31 December 2017
    "The number of people committing to eat a vegan diet this month has risen from 1,500 in 2014 to 52,000 in 2018,
    making the UK the biggest market in the world for the challenge followed by the US...
    According to the Vegan Society there are now 542,000 vegans in the UK, more than three times as many as a decade ago. Almost half are aged between 15 and 34."


  • Chocolate menus, celebrity impersonators and the conga: Donald Trump’s New Year's Eve party traditions revealed 
    - 31 December 2017
    "The US president is once again throwing a party at Mar-a-Lago, his Florida golf resort dubbed the ‘Winter White House’, to see out the year.
    Ticket prices have been reportedly increased, with members paying up to $600 (£444) compared to $525 last year and guests charged $750 rather than $575."

    + Video: Sydney spectacular firework display
    + Video: Theresa May's New Year message





  • 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."


  • First-Footing, "in British folklore, especially that of the north and Scotland, is the first person who crosses the threshold on New Year's Eve..."



    • 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. "


    • Hogmanay (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."

      1 Origins
      2 Customs
      3 Presbyterian influence
      4 Ne'erday
      5 Handsel Day
      6 Etymology
      7 References
      8 External links


    • Scottish Hogmanay Customs and Traditions at New Year such as first footing, the bells, black bun and the origins of hogmanay